In a letter to President Roberta Metsola and the heads of the political groups, Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party urges the European Parliament to adopt the Hungarian asset declaration system in order to restore public confidence shaken by corruption in Brussels, and to create greater transparency.
Immediate, firm action is needed to restore public confidence, Tamás Deutsch, the head of the Fidesz delegation stresses in his letter, arguing that the
European Parliament has been involved in a serious corruption scandal that has shaken the institution’s already tarnished credibility, and caused irreparable damage to the image of the EU institutional system as a whole.”
Referring to the rule of law disputes between the Hungarian government and the European institutions, Deutsch noted that last summer, “in the spirit of good faith cooperation and in order to bring the disputes to an end as soon as possible, the Hungarian National Assembly amended its asset declaration system by adopting verbatim the asset declaration system used by the European Parliament.”
In autumn 2022, the European Commission shockingly declared the new Hungarian asset declaration system, which is identical to the European Parliament’s legislation, unacceptable, and required the re-adoption of the previous system,”
he writes, adding that the Hungarian Parliament immediately returned to the original, much stricter Hungarian system.
“We propose that the European Parliament should introduce the current asset declaration system of the Hungarian National Assembly, which, when reintroduced, already fully complied with the Commission’s rule of law standards and could thus certainly contribute to the eradication of corruption in the European Parliament,” Deutsch concluded.
Fidesz MEP Balázs Hidvéghi told public broadcaster Kossuth Radio that the new vice-president of the European Parliament, socialist Marc Angel, belongs to the same “corrupt and manipulated” world in Brussels as Eva Kaili, who was jailed for a corruption scandal and whom he replaced. He pointed out that the vice-president’s seat held by the socialists would have gone to the right-wing Identity and Democracy group in 2019, but the political mainstream in Brussels has united once again to discriminate against ID’s candidate.
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