Concerns about perceived threats to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary were raised by MEPs in a debate with the Italian Presidency of the Council, represented by Benedetto Della Vedova, and Commissioner Martine Reicherts on Tuesday. Hungarian laws and practices having an overall impact on pluralism, freedom of speech, media freedom and civil society were some of the issues discussed during the debate.
Hungary is not the only EU country where there are reasons for concern, noted some MEPs, but recent declarations by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in favour of an “illiberal state” and the treatment of NGOs there have prompted real worries. MEPs are especially concerned about the overall impact of Mr Orbán’s policies on pluralism, freedom of speech, media freedom and civil society. All EU countries must abide by EU values, MEPs stressed.
You can watch the recording of the debate via video on demand (VOD) link to the right.