Jul 09, 2019

Hungary demands fair treatment in Article 7 procedure

Judit Varga said that during the procedure Finland's EU presidency should ensure that there is a democratic majority of member states that back every step taken.

Incoming Justice Minister Judit Varga has said Hungary wants to ensure that no double standards are applied when the European Union assesses the functioning of its constitutional system.

According to MTI, Varga said Hungary demands fair treatment when it comes to the Article 7 procedure against it and steps to be taken during Finland’s EU presidency. She added that the presidency should also reflect the will of the majority.

The State Secretary in charge of EU affairs said she would always visit the country at the helm of the EU’s rotating presidency in order to coordinate positions regarding issues on the presidency’s agenda. The Article 7 procedure is important to Finland and the steps planned were discussed during official meetings, Varga said.

According to the secretary, Finland indicated months ago that constitutionality would be a key issue during its presidency because it considers it important that everybody should respect European values. She said Hungary shares the same view and believes that “respect for fundamental values is a cornerstone of all democracies”.

What is most important to Hungary is that the European Union presidency should guarantee the conditions for fair treatment and the procedure should not end up in “throwing around accusations and pointing fingers at each other,” she said.

Varga said Hungary is ready to provide detailed responses to all concerns and prove that the country’s affairs are in order. “Hungary will answer the questions as part of European dialogue,” she said. “But it must not be forgotten that fair procedures, equal treatment and legal safety are important elements of constitutionality.”

It is also important that during the procedure the presidency should ensure that there is a democratic majority of member states that back every step taken, she said. Varga said a hearing in the procedure had been planned to take place in July but would now be held in September.

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