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State Secy Kovács to Danish Foreign Minister: ‘Rule of Law in Hungary Alive and Well’

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.09.23.

Reacting to an article by Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod claiming that Poland and Hungary jeopardised the very foundations of the European Union, Zoltán Kovács, the state secretary for international communications and relations, said that Kofod’s view was an outlier, even within his own government.

In the response published by the Alting news portal on Wednesday, Kovács said the assertion that Hungary and Poland had “trampled” on democratic values by undermining the independence of the judiciary and stifling media freedom was “a crude statement” unattached to “any irrefutable facts”.

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In connection with Kofod’s statements about the rule of law, Kovács said the concept was too ambiguous and ill-defined at EU level to use as a measure for allocating EU funds to member states. He added that the EU itself had muddied the concept of the rule of law over the past decade.

Just like Denmark, Hungary, he said, understood the importance of the EU market and therefore considered upholding European norms and values, including the rule of law, of paramount importance.

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“It’s not in Hungary’s interest to jeopardise such things by undermining the rule of law, curbing the independence of the judiciary or stifling critical media,” he said.

Featured photo via Zoltán Kovács’s Facebook page