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Hungary put forward a proposal to make meetings of EU affairs officials open to all European Union citizens, Justice Minister Judit Varga said after a meeting of EU affairs ministers in Luxembourg. The motion, however, was only backed by Poland, Varga said on Facebook, adding that according to the procedural rules of the General Affairs Council, the proposal would have needed the support of 20 member states to pass. “Why is it that the western European champions of the rule of law and democracy are afraid to go public?” Varga asked. “Why are they afraid to express their views on the European Commission’s infamous rule of law report in front of their own citizens?”
The minister said she would have liked to publicly ask the rest of the council why the EC had ignored the material provided by the Hungarian government when it compiled its rule of law report. “It would have been nice if European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová had been given the chance to address her comments attacking Hungary and the Hungarian people in public and clarify whether it is true that she holds informal consultations with [Hungarian opposition] Momentum MEP Anna Donáth.”
Varga said the Hungarian people would also have liked to know why it was that things that were considered “threats to the rule of law” in Hungary’s case were considered “completely fine” when it came to other countries.