Sep 11, 2018

Government Spokesperson: EP debate on Sargentini Report is a show trial

Zoltán Kovács said the report contains lies and false claims, as well as being a collection of previously closed issues

Hungary's government spokesperson has said that we are facing a show trial in the European Parliament debate on the so-called Sargentini Report.

Zoltán Kovács said the show trial would be one in which facts and substantive elements play an extremely minor role..

The spokesperson said the true target of the report on Hungary and the debate set for Tuesday’s plenary session of the EP in Strasbourg is the Hungarian government’s anti-migration politics, and the report is aimed at forcing Hungary to change its standpoint and “put Hungary on trial in this regard”.

Kovács said the report in the most part contains lies and false claims, as well as being a collection of previously closed issues.

“The political motivation behind it clearly indicates what interests are behind this attempt to use the European Parliament to achieve these goals," he stated.

“It is the government’s job, and during the course of the debate it will be the task of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, to defend its standpoint and represent the will of the Hungarian electorate," he added.

The spokesman added that it is dangerous for certain forces to split the European Parliament for party political and ideologically motivated reasons and to exploit certain countries, previously Poland, and now Hungary, to achieve their own political goals. “If the EP falls into this trap it will be hurting all of Europe," he stressed.

“Earlier statements by French President Emmanuel Macron, and what the Sargentini Report represents, are suitable for achieving this," he added.

Kovács said that as it has done so previously, Hungary will once again fight for justice and for its political position because it has nothing to be ashamed about and it knows that it is right with relation to most issues.

“The fact that Hungary is at the centre of attention in Europe means that it is talking about things that are worth talking about, and which are important and weighty issues. Issues that form the essence of the future of Europe and the European project," Kovács said.

“As it has done consistently in recent years, Hungary also represents a clear position with regard to this issue. It is clear what Hungary thinks about migration, economic problems, the issue of how institutions operate or with regard to the state of European democracy," he underlined.

The spokesman added that the democratic deficit that has developed in recent years in Europe’s institutions cannot be maintained. If European institutions do not pay attention to the will of the voters and to what they regard as real problems, it will lead to major problems in the long term.