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Parliamentary questions
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23 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005902-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Hungary granting asylum to Nikola Gruevksi

FYROM’s former Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, who fled his country last week in order to avoid a two-and-a-half-year sentence for corruption, announced that he had been granted political asylum in Hungary.

Recent official announcements, such as the one from Albania’s border police, confirm the involvement of the Hungarian authorities in facilitating Gruevski’s escape from FYROM to Albania, then from Montenegro and Serbia to Hungary.

The Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, is not accepting asylum-seekers, despite the EU’s decision. Viktor Orbán has clearly made an exception for Mr Gruevski, who has been convicted of a serious crime.

The rule of law remains a fundamental principle for Member States and candidate countries alike. Hungary supports FYROM’s accession to the EU, but apparently does not consider the country as safe, and has therefore granted asylum to Gruevski.

I ask the Commission:
Is she considering asking Hungary for explanations as to why Mr Gruevski was granted political asylum?
Does Hungary’s stance raise any concerns and if so, what steps does she plan to take in order to ensure that a Member State does not obstruct justice in a candidate country?
Last updated: 7 December 2018Legal notice