Justice Minister Judit Varga has called the European Commission Rule of Law Report “absurd and false”, adding that it “cannot serve as a basis for any further discussion on the rule of law in the European Union”.
In a Facebook post reacting to the rule of law report’s chapter on Hungary released by the EC on Wednesday, Varga called the report’s concept and methodology “flawed”, its sources “unbalanced” and its content “unfounded”.
Varga said the report made no references to objective benchmarks that equally applied to all member states, and its sources were “biased and non-transparent”.
“It is unacceptable that the Commission’s rule of law report is written by organisations from a centrally financed international network engaged in a coordinated political campaign against Hungary,” Varga said, noting that the Hungarian chapter referred to 12 NGOs, 11 of which “have in recent years received financial support from the Open Society Foundations related to [financier George] Soros”.
Hungary is one of the few member states where “genuine pluralism prevails” in the media and in general opinion, Varga said. “In contrast to the Western European media landscape massively dominated by leftist and liberal outlets,” Christian Democratic views also have access to publicity in Hungary, she said.
“An objective and impartial analysis of all reliable information concerning the situation in Hungary may only conclude that the fundamental values of the European Union are respected, and the rule of law is observed,” she said.
Vera Jourová, the Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, presenting the report earlier on Wednesday, said that although several member states had strict regulations in place to maintain the rule of law, some faced challenges to media freedom and the independence of the judicial system that could pose a danger to democratic values.
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