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May 16, 2018

Incoming justice minister regards Sargentini Report as an indictment with a list of already closed cases

Minister Trócsányi highlighted that the Sargentini Report is an indictment which “is based on a very large number of political insinuations” and “contains a list of closed cases”

Justice Minister László Trócsányi said he regards the Sargentini Report as an indictment with a list of already closed cases.

During his pre-appointment hearing held before Parliament’s European Affairs Committee yesterday, he said that he expects major disputes on this matter in the autumn.

Minister Trócsányi highlighted that the Sargentini Report is an indictment which “is based on a very large number of political insinuations” and “contains a list of closed cases”.

He mentioned as an example the case of former data protection commissioner András Jóri closed in 2014 and related to the competence of the Constitutional Court, which also features in the Sargentini Report.

The minister also took the view that the report was evidently conceived in the spirit of double standards, which means that a distinction is being made between young democracies and old democracies.

Minister Trócsányi said Hungary is unable to accept this and he indicated that he expects major disputes in connection with the report in the near future.

He added that these disputes will be conducted by politicians, and the Ministry of Justice will provide the necessary legal assistance. The task is to give tough answers to the issues raised in the report, he said.