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MEPs discussed the rule of law in Hungary in a debate with Frans Timmermans, the Austrian Presidency and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Parliament will decide whether the EU must intervene to counter the risk of a serious breach of EU values in Hungary. This will be the first time, that Parliament votes on a legislative proposal calling on the EU countries to initiate Article 7 proceedings against a member state in view of a risk of threat to the EU’s values.

To be adopted, the draft report prepared by Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA, NL), needs the backing of an absolute majority of MEPs, i.e. 376 MEPs, and two thirds of the vote cast.

Click on the names to watch the individual statements:

Judith SARGENTINI (Greens/EFA, NL) and rapporteurs of committees' opinions

Karoline EDTSTADLER for the Council and Frans TIMMERMANS for the Commission

Viktor ORBÁN, Hungary Prime Minister

Manfred WEBER (EPP, DE)


Ryszard Antoni LEGUTKO (ECR, PL)


Philippe LAMBERTS (Greens/EFA, BE)

Marie-Christine VERGIAT (GUE/NGL, FR)


Nicolas BAY (ENF, FR)

Full replay of the debate.