According to the leader of the “wise men committee”, the answers in the letter that Viktor Orbán sent to the European People’s Party (EPP) defending his government’s stance on democracy, rule of law, and corruption are rather “problematic,” Euronews reports. Herman van Rompuy spoke about this on VRT, a Belgian public service broadcaster.
Rompuy, the former president of the European Council, and current leader of the committee named the “three wise men”, who are evaluating whether the Hungarian government party meets the democratic values of the EPP, said:
If I word this in a diplomatic manner, I’d say the answers were not really convincing, if I word it in a less benevolent manner, then I would say they are problematic”
The Evaluation Committee was created after Fidesz’s suspension from the EPP back in March to monitor and assess whether the Hungarian governing party meets the democratic values laid down in the official documents of the People’s Party, namely whether they have respect for the rule of law, EPP values, as well as the implementation of the EPP emergency resolution on “Protecting EU Values and Safeguarding Democracy.” The committee is chaired by former Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy (Belgium) and its members include former European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering (Germany), and former Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel (Austria).
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The reaction from Rompuy comes after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sent a letter to Wolfgang Schüssel, member of the committee, in which he replied to the question as to why the Hungarian government is campaigning against the EU and the EPP. Orbán has defended his government’s stance on democracy, corruption, and rule of law following these questions from the European People’s Party.
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The comments on Fidesz from Rompuy doesn’t come as a surprise as the former Belgian PM has been rather critical about Orbán’s party for some time now, as he even said at the end of February – before the founding of the committe – that Fidesz and the Hungarian Prime Minister should be excluded from the EPP.
In the featured photo: former president of the European Council Herman van Rompuy and PM Viktor Orbán. Photo by Balász Szecsődi/PM’s Press Office.