Hungarian PM slams European Parliament for ‘attacks’ amid energy crisis
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s right-wing Fidesz party has criticized the European Parliament (EP) for “being busy attacking Hungary even in the midst of the current crises”.
“While the peoples of Europe are suffering from an energy crisis due to the failure of the Brussels sanctions, the most important thing for the left-wing European Parliament, even in this crisis situation, is to attack Hungary” , Fidesz said in a statement on Thursday, reacting to a vote on the rule of law in the European Parliament against his government earlier in the day.
The EP adopted a report by French MEP Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield on “the existence of a clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values on which the Union is founded”.
The vote was 433 for, 123 against and 28 abstentions.
The EP resolution, which is a non-binding political statement, states that Hungary can no longer be considered “a full-fledged democracy”.
The current report does not lead to a new procedure, but the EP strongly condemned the European Commission and the Council, saying it was also their responsibility that full democracy in a member state could be abolished.
He called on both bodies not to transfer money to the Hungarian government until the situation improves.
The Commission must decide by September 22 what to do with the conditionality mechanism it launched in April against the Hungarian government.
Based on this mechanism, the transfer of tens of billions of euros of EU funds could be denied to Budapest due to rule of law issues.
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