Rule of law in Hungary: vote on whether the EU must act to defend its values  

MEPs will debate the rule of law in Hungary before deciding whether the EU must act to counter the risk of a serious breach of EU values. M Viktor Orbán will attend the session.

Mr Orbán will take the floor to present his views at the beginning of the discussion.

The Civil Liberties Committee concluded that Hungary is at a clear risk of such a breach and proposed that Parliament call on EU member states to trigger the procedure laid down in Article 7(1) the EU Treaty to counter a threat to the EU’s founding values, which include respect for democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

To be adopted - and subsequently sent to the Council of the EU -, the proposal for a legislative initiative, prepared by Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA, NL) needs the backing of an absolute majority of MEPs, i.e. 376, and two thirds of the votes cast.

This would be the first time that Parliament takes the initiative of recommending that Article 7 be activated, in view of a serious threat to the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights in a member state.

Procedure: Legislative resolution

2017/2131(INL)

Debate: Tuesday, 11 September

Vote: Wednesday, 12 September

Press conference: Wednesday, 14.00 with rapporteur Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA, NL)