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Hungarian Parliament Expresses “Solidarity” with Poland Over Article 7 Procedure

Fanni Kaszás 2018.02.21.

The Hungarian Parliament has passed a resolution to express its support of the Polish Government in connection with the European Commission’s recent procedure for the invocation of the so-called Article 7.1 against the country over its controversial judicial reforms.

According to the resolution, the launching of the procedure over Poland’s judicial reform is “unacceptable” and “Article 7 must not be used for a political witch-hunt”.

The document says that the Hungarian parliament sees the move against Poland as a “dangerous precedent” adding that the Commission has stretched its authority as “guardian of agreements as outlined in the foundation deeds of the community.” The Parliament also called on the Hungarian government to stand by Poland and refrain from supporting any proposal that would curb the country’s rights.

Gergely Gaál, a lawmaker of the co-ruling Christian Democrats (KDNP), claimed earlier that the European Commission is employing double standards against Poland, a country Hungary is morally obliged to stand with in solidarity.  He added that similar laws to the contested ones had been implemented by other member states without similar scrutiny, and he insisted that Poland is a subject of a political attack.

Gaál argued that the real reason for the controversy is Poland’s reluctance to accept the migrant quota. He said that “supporters of illegal migration in Brussels” are trying to put pressure on those that oppose it. He added:

Hungarians and Poles have to stand up for the values of a Christian Europe (…) and stand by one another.

The EC started the procedure in 2017, after a resolution was submitted last year jointly by the European People’s Party, the Socialists and Democrats, ALDE liberals, the greens and the radical left EP groups. This was adopted by the European Parliament at its plenary session with 438 votes in favour, 152 against and 71 abstentions. The EP’s official website reported that

MEPs believe that the situation in Poland represents a “clear risk of a serious breach” of the European values, including the rule of law, enshrined in the EU Treaty

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party has received a great deal of international criticism in recent years for what some observers have described as “anti-democratic” legislative moves that threaten “Europe’s values, and cohesion.” In addition to the passage of legislation that many argue is designed to bring the judiciary under political control, the Polish government also came under criticism recently for legislation that makes it “illegal to ascribe responsibility to Poles for Nazi crimes committed in World War II,” a law which many argue is a dangerous form of nationalist historical censorship, and which flies in the face of historical reality.

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in radio interview  that “if somebody attacks Poland, the whole of central Europe is under attack” and he insisted that it is Hungary’s interest to show solidarity with the Poles and to make it clear that no EU punishment can be introduced against them.



via MTI