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Dec 11, 2019

Justice Minister slams Article 7 hearing against Hungary

Minster Varga said it had become clear that if the EU were truly concerned about the state of the rule of law in Hungary, the proceedings could have been closed a long time ago.

Justice Minister Judit Varga has slammed the Article 7 hearing against Hungary, stating that the proceedings were "being controlled from the outside" and certain interest groups were trying to create mistrust among EU member states.

Following a second hearing on the state of the rule of law in Hungary in the European Union’s General Affairs Council, Minister Varga said the EU had been divided up into “good and bad member states” and “certain forces are looking to punish the countries that say no to the European mainstream position.”

According to MTI, Minster Varga said it had become clear that if the EU were truly concerned about the state of the rule of law in Hungary, the proceedings could have been closed a long time ago, arguing that the Hungarian delegation had provided extensive answers to all of the commission’s questions. She also said the number of participants at the hearing indicated that interest in the “politically-motivated” proceedings was waning.

Minister Varga said she had recommended at the hearing that the EU should take another look at a proposal submitted by Belgium and Germany under which concerns about the state of the rule of law in another member state would be addressed through intergovernmental dialogue. The minister concluded that all proceedings must be based on mutual respect.

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