The European Parliament is scheduled to hold a new debate regarding the current state of democracy and the rule of law in Hungary next Wednesday. The EP will discuss the past weeks’ anti-government demonstrations. The Hungarian government has decided not to participate in the debate.
“Nobody from the Hungarian government will participate in this debate. The European Parliament election campaign is going on now; this is a theatre play and we will leave it to those who want to take part,” Péter Szíjjártó stated at a press conference.
“For our part, we will leave the decision to the people during the EP elections and if the new Parliament, with new MEPs, wants to have a discussion with us, we will take it under consideration then,” he added.
Due to the protest against the Overtime Act and the establishment of administrative courts, the European Greens Group initiated a new European Parliament debate concerning Hungary in December.
When the Sargentini report was debated by the EP in September, Viktor Orbán traveled to the event to defend his government’s standpoints.
The Hungarian Government’s position will certainly be represented in Brussels as Fidesz-KDNP MEPs are expected to participate in the debate.