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Justice Minister: EC Rule of Law Report Ignores Detailed Summaries Submitted by Hungary

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.10.10.

The European Commission has ignored in its recent rule of law report detailed summaries, data and comparative analyses submitted by Hungary, the justice minister said on Saturday.

Judit Varga said on Facebook that EC Vice President Vera Jourova had rejected in a Friday interview Hungarian criticism concerning the report. Jourova also said that the commission’s main partners and sources for the preparation of the report had been ministries, public prosecutor’s offices and other state institutions, she added.

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Varga said that “on the other hand, the reality is that the Commission has ignored the detailed summaries, comparative analyses sent by Hungary with noble simplicity.” She added that Jourova had also “forgotten to mention another important detail: the Commission’s report makes recurring references to certain NGOs”.

The justice minister added that “it quotes the views of 12 NGOs exactly 14 times in the report. Of the 12 cited NGOs,11 recently received financial support from the Open Society Foundation.”

Yesterday, Justice Minister Varga also commented on a leaked video recording of opposition Momentum MEP Anna Donáth. Varga said it shows her “boasting” about having regular informal consultations with European Commision Vice Chair Vera Jourova despite Donáth’s recent denial of such consultations during a public debate.

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Varga said on Facebook on Saturday that she had recently had a live televised debate with Donáth where the opposition MEP denied that she frequently consulted with Jourova about Hungary and that she had a role in the “coordinated attacks against Hungary by Brussels”.

At the same time, news channel HirTV has acquired and made public an internal Momentum video chat recording showing Donáth “boasting” about having informal consultations with Jourova “at least every three days in order to ensure that the Hungarian government’s decision have political consequences,” Varga said.

In reaction, Donáth said on Facebook that “European commissioners are not uncontactable, unlike members of the Hungarian government, and one does not have to beg them to have a chat”. She added that “Jourova and myself are in the same party family and we are both working to build a fair, humane, and safe state based on the rule of law.”

Donáth said that in March when the Hungarian government was “fighting” for the domestic and international approval of a law giving special powers to the government during the first wave of the epidemic Jourova asked for her opinion, as an elected MEP of Hungary, several times.

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Meanwhile, Varga called on Donath to “leave politics” over her “publicly denying” her communications with Jourova earlier, and insisted that the MEPs of the Hungarian opposition had “represented the values of Brussels” during the first wave of coronavirus and “spread fake news about the Hungarian government’s coronavirus measures under a pre-written scenario”.

featured photo: Judit Varga’s Facebook page