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May 16, 2018

MEP: FEMM report is full of “falsehoods”, misinterpretations and even some “fabrications”

Lívia Járóka, an MEP from Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party, called a report prepared by the European Parliament’s Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) "unacceptable"

A report prepared by the European Parliament’s Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) claiming Hungarian women are exposed to more violence than the EU average is full of “falsehoods”, misinterpretations and even some “fabrications”.

In an interview with Magyar Idők, Lívia Járóka, an MEP from Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party, called the report "unacceptable".

She said the draft submitted to the EP’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee’s report on Hungary fails to cite as a positive example any progressive measure taken by the government in the field.

Járóka said it was “outrageous” that the authors qualified the definition of family in Hungary’s basic law as “narrow and outdated”.

She also criticized the report for saying that Hungarian women are exposed to more violence than the EU average and for urging the Hungarian government to ratify the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

Járóka, who is of Roma origin herself, called the claim that Roma women suffer from limited access to medical care “totally unfounded”.

In regard to abortion, the MEP said that the situation in Hungary is similar to many other EU member states and expressed incomprehension over the report branding Hungary’s approach to abortion as “old-fashioned”.

Járóka added that she had submitted proposed amendments to the report presenting positive measures.