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Parliamentary questions
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25 February 2019
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-006303/2018

The Commission shares the concerns expressed in the European Parliament’s resolution of 12 September 2018 triggering Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) against Hungary, in particular as regards fundamental rights, corruption, the treatment of Roma and the independence of the judiciary. In the context of that ongoing procedure, the Commission contributed to the discussion in the General Affairs Council of 11 December 2018 with suggestions on how to take the discussion forward. It is now for the Council to decide how to proceed.

The Commission is using and will continue to use all the instruments at its disposal to address concerns, in the manner it considers most effective. On 7 December 2017, it decided(1) to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice of the European Union because of its Higher Education Law as amended; the case is pending before the Court of Justice(2).

The Commission is also monitoring through the European Semester(3) the functioning of the Hungarian justice system, including the envisaged setting up of a new administrative court system, decided by the Hungarian Parliament on 12 December 2018, and will assess its compliance with EC law and European standards. Similarly, the compliance of the newly amended Labour Law is currently being assessed by the Commission.

(2)Case C-66/18.
(3)Country Report Hungary 2018, SWD(2018) 215 final, page 32.

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