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REYNDERS: NO POSITIVE DEVELOPMENTS CONCERNING RULE OF LAW IN HUNGARY

 

The European Commission has seen no positive developments regarding the state of the rule of law in Hungary, Didier Reynders, the European Commissioner for Justice, told a plenary session of the European parliament on Wednesday. Speaking at a debate entitled “Existence of a clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values on which the Union is founded”, Reynders said the EC agreed with most concerns voiced by the European parliament on the matter, and will use all tools at its disposal to protect the shared values of the EU. Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, MEP of the Greens and rapporteur on the rule of law in Hungary, said Hungary “cannot be considered a full democracy”. Since the European Parliament invoked an Article 7 procedure against Hungary in 2018, the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights in Hungary have further deteriorated, the report said.