Justice Minister Judit Varga has told an online roundtable that Hungary fully supports and applies solidarity within the European Union.
Reacting to the suggestion that the Hungarian government uses coronavirus-related restrictions to curb democracy, Minister Varga insisted that reports on Hungary as presented in the mainstream media were not necessarily true, and said that all democratic institutions had been functional since the outbreak of the epidemic.
According to MTI, the minister cited Věra Jourová, vice president of the European Commission, as referring to Hungary’s democracy in a recent interview as “sick”, and said that such remarks were “unacceptable” and created mistrust between member states. “After a cabinet meeting this morning, we proposed that Jourová should resign,” Minister Varga said.
The Hungarian government supports the idea that European countries should show more solidarity towards each other, moreover, solidarity could be the most crucial component in efforts to resolve challenges facing the bloc, she said.
The roundtable, held on the sidelines of a Salzburg conference on the challenges and opportunities presented by the coronavirus pandemic, focused on whether the level of solidarity between EU member states was sufficient.