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JUSTICE MINISTER: ARTICLE 7 PROCEDURE AGAINST HUNGARY 'COULD HAVE BEEN CLOSED YESTERDAY'

 

Had it not been for a political order, the European Union’s ongoing Article 7 procedure against Hungary could have been closed yesterday, the day before yesterday, or even a year ago, the justice minister told public news channel M1. The procedure could have already been closed since there are legal answers to “accusations” Hungary has been subject to, Judit Varga said, after an EU ministerial hearing in Brussels on Monday. The minister said it was not a surprise that the hearing had not attracted too much interest in the council room as “there was nothing new under the sun, with accusations parroted by the pro-immigration elite.”
She said Monday’s hearing created an opportunity for the Hungarian government to provide a detailed explanation of the legal and political environment to the critics of Hungary. It demonstrated once again that politics and other member states should not be meddling in legal proceedings. Varga said that although the EU is an advocate of transparency, the hearing was not made public.
Last September, the European Parliament approved a report prepared by Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini triggering an Article 7 procedure against Hungary which could ultimately strip the country of its EU voting rights. MEPs voted to launch the procedure because of the “existence of a clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values on which the Union is founded”.