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Justice Minister Varga: Rule of Law Often Used as Political Weapon

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.11.19.

Rule of law is increasingly being used as a “political weapon”, and only serves to hollow out the concept, Justice Minister Judit Varga said in an article published by Euronews online, on Tuesday.

Referring to the European Union plan to tie observance of the rule of law to funding, Varga said this would fly in the face of EU treaties. The European Commission, she insisted, had no relevant powers. “Primary responsibility rests with Member States and national institutions,” she wrote.

She says that rule of law is not a set of universally applicable objective criteria adding that it lacks well-defined rules and remains the subject of much debate internationally and among national constitutional bodies and academia.

“Concern for the rule of law should pay greater respect to the specifics of Member States and not try to impose an artificial, one-size-fits-all framework,” Varga emphasized.

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“This enthusiasm in the EU for imposing rule of law criteria looks like Brussels asserting control in areas where it has no competence. The fact that you want to do something doesn’t give you the right to do so.”

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