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Thursday, 14 May 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Emergency Legislation in Hungary and its impact on the Rule of Law and fundamental rights (continuation of debate)

  Lena Düpont (PPE). – Mr President, we are facing exceptional times these days, a time when fast action and clear messages were needed, when bold steps had to be taken. And so, we the Member States, the European Union, did – fast, flexible and with a clear head.

Entering the next phase, at least in some countries, it is time to evaluate the measures that have been taken. Were they appropriate? Are they efficient? Did they serve the purpose without harming democracy?

We fought the virus, not our core values, the founding principles of the Union. But what rule of law also means is being accountable on every side, setting clear rules that are the same for everyone under review, developing reliable procedures, incorporating the right to defend those being criticised, if needed, by a representative of government.

And here we are at the heart of the current reform where we urgently need a strong and objective rule about a reliable and permanent rule of law mechanism that sets clear rules on every side. If we want to avoid ongoing but fruitless debates, this should be in everyone’s and every state’s interest.

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