The government has turned to the European Court of Justice with the complaint that the European Parliament violated voting rules when adopting the Sargentini report concerning the rule of law in Hungary, the justice minister announced on Wednesday.
According to the Hungarian government, based on the EP’s regulations, abstentions may be ignored during the course of normal voting but this rule cannot be followed in relation to special proceedings. So the document did not have the two-thirds majority required to pass, Hungarian Justice Minister László Trócsányi told a press conference.
Altogether 448 MEPs voted in favour of the EP report of Green MEP Judith Sargentini, which said democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights were under threat in Hungary, constituting a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values. The vote in which 197 MEPs were against and 48 abstained triggered the Article 7 procedure against Hungary.
“The EP has not observed the rules governing its own operations,” Trócsányi insisted.
Answering a question, he said that if the Luxembourg court ruled in favour of Hungary, “there will be no Sargentini report” and the community’s infringement procedure against the country “will be null and void”.
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