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MINISTER ACCUSES EC OF YIELDING TO INFLUENCE

Justice Minister Judit Varga has called it "outrageous" that the European Commission was allowing itself to be "directly and indirectly influenced" by the Hungarian opposition and George Soros's Open Society Foundations.
 

The EC’s rule of law report has again been proven to be “nothing more than a tool to exert political pressure”, she told MTI during a break in a meeting of EU affairs ministers in Luxembourg.
Varga said the fact that Germany, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, had brought the rule of law report before the General Affairs Council “also gave cause for concern from a legal point of view”. She noted that lacking consensus, the member states last year disapproved a proposal to bring the report before the council. Varga said it was also disappointing that the German presidency had rejected her proposal to make the debate on the report public.
She said the report must not serve as a basis for any form of dialogue on the rule of law within the EU.
As regards a forthcoming debate on climate protection week, Varga said that before the EU sets any more ambitious goals in this area, it should assess the extent to which member states had fulfilled their prior commitments. Hungary proposes that before the EU sets any new targets, all member states should meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions overall by 40% by 2030, she said.