Benedek Jávor, an MEP of the opposition Párbeszed, said the outcome of the vote showed that the majority of the European People’s Party, of which ruling Fidesz is a member, also agreed with the conclusions of the report. The report criticised the Hungarian government for its actions that violate the interests and rights of the Hungarian people, he added.
“The message to the Hungarian government is clear: undermining and violating basic rights and values cannot go unpunished in Europe.”
Democratic Coalition hails Sargentini vote
The European Parliament has made a “very important” decision, which clearly indicates that its majority “firmly rejects” the Hungarian government’s policies, Péter Niedermüller, MEP of the leftist Democratic Coalition (DK), said on Wednesday.
The decision was “neither victory nor defeat but encouragement to the Hungarian people suggesting that they can resist and change politics”, Niedermüller said.
“Naturally I don’t think it is good that such a decision was made due to the Hungarian government’s policy but it is a very important signal that the Orbán government must pursue different policies,” the MEP said.
Niedermüller called it important that leaders of the European People’s Party (EPP), of which Hungary’s ruling Fidesz is a member, also supported the report, and said it indicated that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was now isolated in his own camp.
DK: EP Debate on Sargentini Report Showed Deal with Orbán Impossible
Meanwhile, DK spokesman Sándor Rónai called on the EPP to exclude Fidesz, at a press conference in Budapest.
Liberals: Approval of Sargentini report ‘win for democracy’
The Hungarian Liberal Party said on Wednesday that the EP’s approval of the Sargentini report is a win for democracy in Europe.
A large majority of MEPs said no to the Orbán government’s illiberal policies, the party said in a statement.
The MEPs have “stood up for European values, the rehabilitation of the rule of law and democracy in Hungary, and the Hungarian people,” the party said. They have also declared that they do not tar with the same brush Hungary and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s illiberal government, the statement said.
Orbán and his Fidesz party have been dismantling Hungarian democracy and the rule of law for years, endangering in the process the country’s EU membership, they said.
Ruling parties call on opposition MEPs to reject Sargentini report
Orbán: ‘Hungarians who vote against their country hate me more than they love their country’
Earlier, in the European parliamentary debate in Strasbourg Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said: “The problem with Hungarians who vote against their own country is that they hate me more than they love their country.”
“Anyone who says that the report doesn’t condemn Hungary should read its title. It’s not about condemning the Hungarian government but Hungary”, Orbán said.
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