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to wind up the debate on the statements by the Council and the Commission

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on the situation in Hungary (2015/2700(RSP))

Timothy Kirkhope, Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Ruža Tomašić, Daniel Dalton, Jussi Halla-aho on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on the situation in Hungary (2015/2700(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to the provisions on fundamental values and fundamental freedoms contained in the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–       having regard to Article 2 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which includes an absolute ban on the death penalty in all circumstances,

–       having regard to Protocol Nos 6 and 13 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms,

–       having regard to the EU Guidelines on the Death Penalty adopted by the Council in 1998,

–       having regard to the Commission communication of 11 March 2014 entitled ‘A new EU Framework to strengthen the Rule of Law’ (COM(2014)0158),

–       having regard to its debate in plenary of 19 May 2015 on the situation in Hungary,

–       having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas Article 2 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights prohibits any person from being condemned to death or executed;

B.     whereas the abolition of the death penalty is a precondition for membership of the EU;

C.     whereas the EU holds a strong and principled position against the death penalty, the abolition of which is a key objective of its human rights policy; notes that where capital punishment is still used, the EU calls for it to be progressively restricted and insists that it be carried out in accordance with internationally agreed minimum standards;

D.     whereas following the murder of a young woman in southern Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán made statements regarding the death penalty on Tuesday, 28 April 2015;

E.     whereas the President of the Commission called for these statements to be renounced immediately; whereas the Hungarian Government has clarified that it does not intend to reinstate the death penalty, but takes the view that governments should have the right to debate all issues with the public;

F.     whereas the Hungarian Government will also conduct a ‘national consultation on immigration and terrorism’; whereas the formulation of the questions for this public consultation has been criticised;

1.      Stresses that all Member States have to comply with EU law and that the legislation of a Member State or candidate country should reflect and be in accordance with basic European values, democratic principles, the rule of law and the fundamental rights of the European Union;

2.      Affirms that the Member States also have a sovereign competence to establish their own laws and to hold their own democratic debates and consultations with the electorate at a national level; stresses that this principle is consistent with the sovereignty of a democratically elected government;

3.      Supports the Commission’s role, as the guardian of the Treaties, in ensuring that national legislation, including that of Hungary, is in conformity with both the EU Treaties and basic European democratic values and human rights;

4.      Stresses the importance of any evaluation and analysis carried out by the Commission and Parliament as to the situation in individual Member States being fact‑based and balanced;

5.      Invites the Hungarian Government and the Commission to work closely and cooperatively together on any future issues which they feel may require further evaluation or analysis;

6.      Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States and the President of the Republic of Hungary.

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