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Apr 20, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Justice Minister slams EP double standards

“It’s sad that certain political forces have the time during a pandemic to continue their smear campaigns against Hungary,” the justice minister said.

Justice Minister Judit Varga has slammed what she calls “double standards” in the European Parliament after the body adopted a resolution criticising Hungary's law which enhances government powers to tackle the novel coronavirus epidemic.

“Rather than attacking Hungary’s constitutionality … and urging the European Commission to launch another Article 7 procedure, the European Parliament should be focusing on tackling the epidemic,” Minister Varga said.

According to MTI, the minister called the resolution’s “allegations” questioning the state of fundamental rights in Hungary “baseless”, saying that the epidemic response law met all criteria concerning the rule of law. 

The minister said the coronavirus law would only remain in effect until the end of the state of emergency, adding that under the law, the government could only pass decrees that concern the fight against the virus.

“Moreover, parliament can withdraw the authority granted to the government at any time,” she said, arguing that the EP resolution was therefore incorrect in saying that Hungary had declared a state of emergency indefinitely. “And all this is coming from the EP, whose operations have recently resembled chaos more than anything,” the minister said.

“It’s sad that certain political forces have the time during a pandemic to continue their smear campaigns against Hungary,” the minister concluded.

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