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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 (2017/2656(RSP))

Manfred Weber on behalf of the PPE Group

European Parliament resolution on the situation in Hungary (2017/2656(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Treaty on European Union, in particular Articles 2 and 6,

–  having regard to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union,

–  having regard to the European Convention on Human Rights and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights,

–  having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to the numerous United Nations human rights treaties which are binding on all the Member States,

–  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 resolutions of 16 December(1) and 10 June 2015(2) on the situation in Hungary, of 3 July 2013 on the situation of fundamental rights: standards and practice in Hungary(3), of 16 February 2012 on the recent political developments in Hungary(4) and of 10 March 2011 on media law in Hungary(5),

–  having regard to the hearing on the situation in Hungary held on 27 February 2017 by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs,

–  having regard to the plenary debate on the situation in Hungary of 26 April 2017,

–  having regard to the Rome Declaration of the leaders of 27 Member States and of the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission of 25 March 2017,

–  having regard to Act CLXVIII of 2007 on the promulgation of the Lisbon Treaty amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community adopted by the Hungarian National Assembly on 17 December 2007,

–  having regard to Resolution 2162 (2017) of 27 April 2017 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe entitled ‘Alarming developments in Hungary: draft NGO law restricting civil society and possible closure of the European Central University’,

–  having regard to the statement by the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights of 8 March 2017 on Hungary’s new law allowing automatic detention of asylum seekers, and his letter to the Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary of 27 April 2017 with a call to reject the proposed draft law on foreign-funded NGOs,

–  having regard to the decision of the Commission to open infringement proceedings against Hungary concerning the Act amending the National Higher Education Act, as well as other infringement procedures in the April package,

–  having regard to the Commission response to the Hungarian National Consultation ‘Stop Brussels’,

–  having regard to the visit of Commissioner Avramopoulos to Hungary on 28 March 2017,

–  having regard to the letter from the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to Vice President Timmermans requesting the Commission’s opinion on the compliance of the Act amending certain Acts related to strengthening the procedure conducted in the guarded border area with the provisions of the Union asylum acquis, also with regard to the Charter of Fundamental Rights when implementing the measures mentioned in this act,

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

A.  whereas the European Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of people belonging to minorities, and whereas these values are universal and common to the Member States (Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU));

B.  whereas the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union is part of EU primary law that prohibits discrimination based on any grounds such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation;

C.  whereas the Charter provides that the arts and scientific research shall be free of constraint and that academic freedom shall be respected; whereas it also guarantees the freedom to found educational establishments with due respect for democratic principles;

D.  whereas the freedom of association should be protected, and whereas a vibrant civil society sector plays a vital role in promoting public participation in the democratic process and the accountability of governments towards their legal obligations, including the protection of fundamental rights, the environment and anti-corruption;

E.  whereas the right to asylum is guaranteed, with due respect for the rules of the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 and the Protocol thereto of 31 January 1967 relating to the status of refugees, and in accordance with the TEU and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU);

F.  whereas Hungary has been a Member State of the European Union since 2004, and whereas, according to opinion polls, a large majority of Hungarian citizens are in favour of the country’s EU membership;

G.  whereas the most recent developments in Hungary, in particular the Act amending certain acts related to increasing the strictness of procedures carried out in the areas of border management and asylum, the Act amending the National Higher Education Act, and the proposed Act on the Transparency of Organisations Receiving Support from Abroad (Hungarian Parliament Bill T/14967), have given rise to concerns regarding their compatibility with EU law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights;

1.  Recalls that the values enshrined in Article 2 TEU are to be upheld by all EU Member States;

2.  Calls on the Commission, as guardian of the Treaties, to thoroughly assess the situation in Hungary, and to fully support the Hungarian Government in efforts to find adequate remedies to the concerns raised;

3.  Calls on the Hungarian Government to engage in a dialogue with the Commission; reiterates that both sides should engage in such a dialogue in an impartial, evidence-based and cooperative way;

4.  Calls on the Hungarian Government to follow, in the meantime, the recommendations made in Resolution 2162 (2017) of 27 April 2017 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

5.  Instructs its Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to resume the debate and to take necessary action if the Hungarian Government has not taken adequate measures to redress the situation within a deadline set by the Commission, and if a clear risk of a serious breach of the values enshrined in Article 2 TEU has been determined;

6.  Calls on the Commission to keep Parliament informed of its assessments;

7.  Reiterates the need for a regular process of monitoring and dialogue, involving all Member States as well the Council, the Commission and Parliament, in order to safeguard the EU’s fundamental values of democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law, and to avoid double standards, as put forward in Parliament’s resolution of 25 October 2016 on the establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights(6);

8.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission and the Council, to the President, Government and Parliament of Hungary, and to the governments and parliaments of the Member States and the Council of Europe.


Texts adopted, P8_TA(2015)0461.


OJ C 407, 4.11.2016, p. 46.


OJ C 75, 26.2.2016, p. 52.


OJ C 249 E, 30.8.2013, p. 27.


OJ C 199 E, 7.7.2012, p. 154.


Texts adopted, P8_TA(2016)0409.

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