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Feb 28, 2018

Hungary says the rule of law procedure instituted by the Commission against Poland is unjustified and legally unfounded

According to the minister of State for EU Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office, the Commission's goal is to put political pressure on Warsaw, and Hungary rejects this in the strongest possible terms

Szabolcs Takács, minister of state for EU Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office, has highlighted that the rule of law procedure instituted by the Commission against Poland is unjustified and legally unfounded.

According to the minister of state, the Commission's goal is to put political pressure on Warsaw, and Hungary rejects this in the strongest possible terms. By having instituted a separate procedure against Poland in December, the European Commission has once again overstepped its powers with respect to the EU Treaties.

He said that in Hungary’s view the Commission’s procedure lacks legal foundations and there is no scope for singling out a country in this manner.

The French EU minister recently mentioned that President Emmanuel Macron’s initiative regarding civil consultations, in the context of which the French President said 26 Member States had joined the initiative, singling out Hungary as the only Member State that had opted not to join. Takács expressed hope that the purpose of the French initiative was not to divide the Member States even on issues where there was no division.

The minister also quoted the common statement of the Visegrád countries made on January 26th in which they clearly laid down that they are open to the proposal as long as it respects national practices.

He pointed out that the Hungarian government has supported all constructive dialogue and debates on the future of the European Union, and in the future, too, they would like European citizens to have an opportunity to freely state their opinions on issues in which they are genuinely interested.