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Dec 21, 2017

Hungary will veto EC's decision to trigger Article 7 against Poland

Hungary's Deputy PM said the government will continue to stand firmly by Poland and that “we shall defend Poland in the face of an unfair, fabricated political procedure”

Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén has said that the European Commission’s decision to trigger Article 7 against Poland is “unprecedented and unbelievable”.

Deputy PM Semjén said the decision - triggered in response to reforms in the country’s justice system - is a gross violation of Poland’s sovereignty.

When asked whether Hungary will veto the decision, the Deputy Prime Minister told news agency MTI that it will.

The deputy prime minister said that it is unacceptable for Brussels to exert such pressure on sovereign Member States and to arbitrarily punish democratically elected governments.

He added that this is a typical case of double standards, an instance where the European Commission’s current action is contrary to European values. He also pointed out that Central Europe is the engine of European economic growth, which includes Poland.

Deputy PM Semjén said the Polish-Hungarian friendship and the government’s commitment to the Treaties place a dual obligation on Hungary to protest in every forum against the Commission’s latest act.

He added that the government will continue to stand firmly by Poland and that “we shall defend Poland in the face of an unfair, fabricated political procedure”.