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The European Parliament Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) this morning decided that Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee will address the situation in Hungary as a matter of urgency, further to the statement by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán about a possible restoration of the death penalty and the preparation of a questionnaire designed to encourage Hungarian citizens to state positions on immigration questions.

Parliament’s President Martin Schulz will contact Civil Liberties Committee chair Claude Moraes to this end. Mr Schulz reiterated at the Conference of Presidents meeting that the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights prohibits the death penalty and that its reintroduction is not compatible with EU membership.

A telephone conversation between Mr Schulz and Mr Orbán should hopefully take place very soon.