Hungary’s justice minister, in an interview to Austrian newspaper Die Presse, underlined the independence of Hungary’s justice system. László Trócsányi, who heads the Fidesz European Parliament elections list, criticised the European Commission for increasing its political role, saying the commission failed to keep to the spirit of the EU treaties and guard its political neutrality. Hopefully, after the European Parliament elections in 2019, “Brussels will be less ideologically biased,” he said in the interview published on Thursday.
Commenting on the Article 7 procedure against Hungary, the minister said: “I always have reservations about politicians speaking about the rule of law. The rule of law should be judged by lawyers on the basis of facts.”
Meanwhile, Trócsányi rejected the accusation that Chief Public Prosecutor Péter Polt’s decisions were not impartial. The Austrian daily noted that objections had been raised that Polt had not ordered an investigation against Elios, a company linked to the prime minister’s son-in-law, despite evidence presented by the European Union’s anti-fraud office (OLAF). “They may make political accusations, but if the prosecutor’s office finds that there has been no crime, then the case is closed,” he said.