Measures by Hungarian Government against pandemic do not conform to EU regulations – EP

Members of the European Parliament have agreed that in Hungary, democracy and fundamental rights are under threat, and they are therefore urging the Commission and the Council to protect Hungarian citizens and the rule of law.

In a debate with the Vice President of the Commission Vera Jourová and the EU Croatian Presidency, the majority of the spokespersons emphasised that the emergency measures taken by the Hungarian Government are not fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the limited state of emergency which is not in conformity with EU regulations and they also warned about the risk to democracy.

Various MEPS have asked the European Commission to complete its scrutiny of the legal changes and launch procedures against Hungary for breaching the rules.  They have specifically asked payments to Hungary to be suspended, in the framework of the new financial perspectives and the recovery plan, until it respects the rule of law. They also criticised the passive attitude of the Council and insisted that it should proceed with Article 7 which had been started by Parliament.

A few of the MEPs defended the decisions taken by what they described as a democratically elected Parliament in Hungary and they believe that the excellent measures adopted by the country are comparable with those taken by other EU member states such as France and Spain.