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Oct 01, 2020

Justice Minister says European Commission Rule of Law Report is "absurd and false"

Reacting to the rule of law report’s chapter on Hungary, Minister Varga called the report’s concept and methodology “flawed”, its sources “unbalanced” and its content “unfounded”.

Justice Minister Judit Varga has called the European Commission Rule of Law Report "absurd and false", adding that it "cannot serve as a basis for any further discussion on the rule of law in the European Union".

Reacting to the rule of law report’s chapter on Hungary, Minister Varga called the report’s concept and methodology “flawed”, its sources “unbalanced” and its content “unfounded”.

According to MTI, Minister Varga said the report made no references to objective benchmarks that equally applied to all member states, and its sources were “biased and non-transparent”. The minister noted that the Hungarian chapter referred to 12 NGOs, 11 of which “have in recent years received financial support from the Open Society Foundations related to [financier George] Soros”.

Hungary is one of the few member states where “genuine pluralism prevails” in the media and in general opinion, Minister Varga said. “In contrast to the Western European media landscape massively dominated by leftist and liberal outlets,” Christian Democratic views also have access to publicity in Hungary, she said. “An objective and impartial analysis of all reliable information concerning the situation in Hungary may only conclude that the fundamental values of the European Union are respected, and the rule of law is observed,” she said.

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