Hungarian MEP: the European Parliament wants to blackmail, not seek consensus
The European Parliament does not seek consensus with Hungary but wants to blackmail the country because it is unable to accept the decision of the Hungarian people, Fidesz MEP Balázs Hidvéghi said on Wednesday.
“In the elections this spring, Hungarians said no to the left and to the Brussels conferences, and voted for the fourth time for a right-wing, civic-conservative government,” said the Fidesz politician.
Hidveghi said during an EP plenary debate on the report entitled Existence of a clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values on which the Union is founded that it was shameful and unforgivable that a significant part of the EP, including Hungarian left-wing MPs were attacking the country with lies even during a crisis situation caused by the war in Ukraine and continuing a campaign of false accusations against Hungary.
“We will continue to protect our children and our borders and it will be us who decide our future,” he said.
Another Fidesz MEP: the new EC proposals do not solve the crisis
“The European Commission’s measures in response to the Russian-Ukrainian war have backfired, weakened the European economy and caused ‘runaway’ inflation,” MEP Tamás Deutsch of the ruling Fidesz party said on Wednesday during of the plenary session of the European Parliament. “The commission’s new proposals will not solve the emerging crisis,” he added.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told the EP that EU sanctions had caused Russia’s financial system “to fight for survival” and caused the collapse of its industry. She said the EU was committed to supporting Ukraine in the war and would support the country’s long-term reconstruction to the tune of hundreds of billions of euros, noting the EU’s decision to donate 100 million euros for the reconstruction of Ukrainian schools.
The President of the EC said she would meet President Voldymyr Zelensky in Kyiv later today to discuss Ukraine’s access to the EU single market. Meanwhile, the EC is proposing price caps for power companies with low costs, as well as fossil fuel companies that rake in big profits, she said. The measure will be temporary, although she also called for a “comprehensive reform” of the electricity market.
Rule of law and migration
On the rule of law, Von der Leyen said maintaining the rule of law in member states was “the most noble duty and role” of the EC. Conditionality on EU funding would protect the EU budget, she said, adding that the EC will also work to protect judicial independence and come up with measures to “refresh” anti-corruption regulations. -corruption of the EU.
On the issue of migration, Von der Leyen said that in addition to respecting fundamental human rights, the EU’s external borders must be protected. She also called for a Europe that manages migration “with respect and dignity”. All member states must take responsibility for addressing common challenges, she said.
“Fighting for independence against aggression”
In his contribution to the debate, Deutsch said Hungarians who had endured occupation by Germany and Russia knew what it was like to fight for independence against aggression. “As the son of a Holocaust survivor, I know very well what the inhuman destruction of war means. We are all on the side of those who are attacked,” he said.
The EC “promised” that EU sanctions would bring Russia to its knees when passed in early summer, he said. “They promised that the sanctions would go to the bone in Russia, not in Europe. They promised sanctions would end the war,” he said.
“The end of the war is still not in sight, but Europeans’ energy bills have skyrocketed,” Deutsch said. Meanwhile, he added, Russia was raking in unprecedented revenues from skyrocketing energy prices. “Since the introduction of the sanctions, inflation has skyrocketed, Europeans have gotten poorer and Russia has gotten richer. Europe is on the brink of crisis and energy shortages,” he said.