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Nov 16, 2017

Hungary to veto invocation of Article 7 against Poland

“The Hungarian government stands by Poland and the adoption of such a resolution is out of the question,” said Deputy PM Semjén

Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén has called the European Parliament’s resolution proposing the invocation of Article 7 against Poland “shameful and scandalous”.

According to MTI, the deputy prime minister confirmed that Hungary would veto the invocation of Article 7 against Poland.

“The Hungarian government stands by Poland and the adoption of such a resolution is out of the question,” said Deputy PM Semjén.

The resolution submitted by the European People’s Party, the Socialists and Democrats, ALDE liberals, the greens and the radical left EP groups was adopted by the European Parliament at its plenary session with 438 votes in favor, 152 against and 71 abstentions earlier in the day.

The MEP group of Hungary’s allied ruling Fidesz-KDNP parties said they rejected to back the resolution because they considered it “unacceptable” that “Brussels should pressure sovereign member states” and “punish democratically elected governments”.