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Oct 17, 2018

Hungarian lawmakers pass resolution that calls on the government to “not give into blackmail” over Sargentini Report

MPs approved the resolution with 129 votes in favor, 26 against and 18 abstentions

Hungarian lawmakers have passed a resolution that calls on the government to “not give into blackmail” when it comes to the Sargentini Report.

According to official court figures, MPs approved the resolution with 129 votes in favor, 26 against and 18 abstentions.

The Sargentini report, that concludes Hungary is in danger of breaching the core values of the European Union, was approved by the European Parliament last month. It called for the launch of an Article 7 procedure, which could ultimately strip Hungary of its EU voting rights.

The resolution, submitted to parliament by Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, and Fidesz group leader Máté Kocsis, says the Sargentini Report “attacked the decisions taken by the democratically elected Parliament of Hungary“.

The report, compiled by Dutch MEP Judith Sargentini, has “exceeded its jurisdiction and violated Hungary’s sovereignty.”

The resolution also calls on the government to take legal measures against the “fraudulently approved” report. “We reject the mendacious, slanderous pro-migration indictments made in the Sargentini Report,” it says.

“We reject the report because it attacks Hungary on the grounds that it did not take in migrants, refused to accept [mandatory resettlement] quotas, closed its border and criminalized the organization of illegal migration.”