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The motion that was voted through (433 MPs voted in favor; 123 against and 28 abstained) – is another symbolic reprimand by the EU against Hungary, which has been criticized for years for its lack of the rule of law. However, it is unlikely that Parliament’s proposal will lead to any specific penalty or amendment.
In the report, members of Parliament mentioned a number of comments: from the functioning of the electoral system in the country to the independence of the judiciary. Parliamentarians also expressed concerns about academic and religious freedom as well as the rights of social minorities.
“We deeply regret that the lack of decisive action by the European Union has contributed to the collapse of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary, making the country a hybrid electoral autocracy regime,” said French MEP Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield.
The European Commission has been waging a battle for the rule of law with Hungary for a long time. on the use of public funds to enrich people close to the ruling Fidesz party. On Sunday, the Commission is expected to order a significant cut in EU funding for Hungary while giving Viktor Orban several months to work out a compromise.
Parliament has also long been critical of the state of Hungarian democracy. Already in 2013, he passed the so-called Tavares report named after MEP Rui Tavares, who for years had warned about threats to the independence of the judiciary, media pluralism, the electoral system, religious freedom and minority rights in Hungary.
In 2018, MEPs took a historic step by launching the so-called Article 7 EU procedure, against Hungary. This is the procedure to be followed when a Member State violates fundamental democratic values. However, the proposal was stuck in the EU Council.
Thursday’s report encourages the Council to take further action against Hungary. The text contains a draft of a possible Council proposal stating that “there is a clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values on which the Union is founded”.
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