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Justice Minister: The EU Itself Should Behave As Well As Member States

Tamás Székely 2014.12.09.

The rule of law is an indefinite concept to be debated by the EU’s independent legal forums rather than its political bodies such as the European Council, Justice Minister László Trócsányi said, calling for the EU to immediately join the European Convention on Human Rights to ensure that debate on the rule of law is assessed by an independent organisation.

In an interview to Népszbadság, noting a new EU initiative to define the rule of law, Trócsányi said this should be clarified first and its concrete application in member states should follow. “I would not like to see decisions about whether a country is governed by the rule of law or not passed without judicial control […] Decisions in connection with basic human rights should be made in Strasbourg and decisions on EU norms should be made in Luxembourg […] Not only member states should ‘behave’ in respect of the rule of law but also the EU itself,” he said.

The minister insisted he had always supported dialogue between Hungary and the EU and continued to do so. Trócsányi said political bodies, such as the European Parliament, should express opinions on politics or ideology but when it comes to legal matters, the European Union Court or the Strasbourg Human Rights Court should make the decisions.

via hungarymatters.hu photo: valasz.hu