Gulyás: Brussels is wrong to "play the same tune" as the Hungarian Left

Brussels is making a mistake when it "plays the same tune" as the Hungarian Left, as Hungarians have just rejected it by a large majority, Gergely Gulyás, Minister heading the Prime Minister's Office, said in response to a statement by the President of the European Commission on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ursula von der Leyen told a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg that the European Commission had sent a formal notification to Hungary that it would launch a so-called conditionality mechanism linking the disbursement of EU funds to the rule of law. Gergely Gulyás told MTI that Fidesz-KDNP received almost 2.9 million votes in Sunday's parliamentary elections, while more than 3.3 million people expressed their agreement with the law on child protection.

This is an unprecedented level of support for both the governing parties and the child protection law, he said. This is why the basic rules of democracy must be accepted by the Commission, Gulyás said, adding that the Commission should not meet the demands of the newly defeated Hungarian Left but instead return to common sense and dialogue, something the Hungarian government has always been open to.

The minister also asked Brussels not to punish Hungarian voters for not having expressed an opinion to its liking in the elections and on the child protection law.