The government’s assessment is that the Sargentini report did not receive the required two-thirds majority, citing the issue of whether abstentions were counted or disregarded under European parliamentary rules in the vote to open the Article 7 procedure against Hungary, according to an announcement from the head of the Prime Minister’s office on Thursday.
The procedure cannot move forward until Hungary settles the legal dispute over the matter, Gulyás added. The cabinet will meet to discuss EU-related matters on Monday and it will decide on steps to take in connection with the report on the rule of law in Hungary drafted by Green MEP Judith Sargentini.
The minister underlined the government’s view that the report was not really about the rule of law. Instead, the issue of migration was the factor that determined its adoption, he said.