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15 October 2019
P-003317-19
Question for written answer P-003317-19
to the Council
Rule 138
Anna Júlia Donáth (Renew) , Sophia in 't Veld (Renew) , Ska Keller (Verts/ALE) , Ramona Strugariu (Renew) , Fabienne Keller (Renew) , Irina Von Wiese (Renew) , Dragoş Tudorache (Renew) , Jan-Christoph Oetjen (Renew) , Michal Šimečka (Renew) , Maite Pagazaurtundúa (Renew) , Moritz Körner (Renew)

 Subject:  Hearing of 16 September 2019 as part of the rule of law procedure against Hungary under Article 7(1) TEU

The Finnish Presidency of the Council organised a hearing on 16 September 2019 as part of the rule of law procedure against Hungary under Article 7(1) TEU. This hearing was not open to the public and even the initiator of the procedure, the European Parliament, was not invited to give its arguments at the hearing.

After the hearing, Hungarian Minister for Justice Judit Varga stated publicly that the meeting had been held behind closed doors despite the efforts of the Hungarian Government to open it to the public.

According to the transparency rules of the Council, EU ministers meet in public when they discuss or vote on draft legislative acts. Therefore, such a hearing is normally not held in public. Thus:
1. Did the Hungarian Government request that the hearing be held in public? If so, was there a vote on the request? What was the result of that vote?
2. Was there an initiative to invite Parliament to the hearing? If so, who supported it? Was the Hungarian Government in favour of inviting Parliament in order to ensure it was given a fair hearing?
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