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Decision on Fidesz’s EPP Membership Further Postponed

Fanni Kaszás 2020.09.09.

The vote on Fidesz’s membership in the European People’s Party is not on the agenda of the next political assembly of the EPP on September 28, reported pro-government Hungarian daily, Magyar Nemzet. According to the newspaper, EPP president Donald Tusk justified the postponement on the grounds that since the meeting takes place online, the confidentiality of the votes cast in the Fidesz case could not be guaranteed.

The EPP presidency decided on Monday night to hold online meetings convening hundreds of delegates due to the coronavirus epidemic situation. They also decided on the main negotiating points, but these did not include a vote on Fidesz’s People’s Party membership.

Although there will be no vote on Fidesz’s membership, Tusk has implicitly criticized the Polish and Hungarian prime ministers for saying that the leaders ‘put on a show’ concerning the rule of law criteria of the EU’s framework budget and coronavirus rescue package adopted in July, Magyar Nemzet reported.

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