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Hungary wants to ensure that no double standards are applied when the European Union assesses the functioning of its constitutional system, the state secretary in charge of EU affairs has said.

Hungary demands fair treatment when it comes to the Article 7 procedure against it and steps to be taken during Finland’s EU presidency, Judit Varga said after talks in Helsinki. The Article 7 procedure is important to Finland and the steps planned were discussed during official meetings, Varga said. Finland indicated months ago that constitutionality would be a key issue during its presidency because it considers it important that everybody should respect European values, she added. Hungary shares the same view and believes that “respect for fundamental values is a cornerstone of all democracies.” The EU presidency should guarantee the conditions for fair treatment and the procedure should not end up in “throwing around accusations and pointing fingers at each other.” Hungary is ready to provide detailed responses to all concerns and “prove that the country’s affairs are in order”. During the procedure the presidency should ensure that there is a democratic majority of member states that back every step being taken, Varga added.