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Parliamentary questions
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14 December 2016
Question for written answer P-009434-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Benedek Jávor (Verts/ALE) , Judith Sargentini (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  State of play of the Commission infringement procedure opened against Hungary on 10 December 2015 concerning its asylum law
 Answer in writing 

On 10 December 2015 the Commission opened an infringement procedure concerning the recently adopted Hungarian asylum legislation. The Commission found the Hungarian legislation to be incompatible in some instances with EC law (specifically, the recast Asylum Procedures Directive (Directive 2013/32/EU) and the directive on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings (Directive 2010/64/EU)) and sent a letter of formal notice to Hungary. The Hungarian authorities had two months in which to respond to the Commission(1).

A year has passed since and, in our view, the concerns expressed by the Commission should have been addressed by now.

Furthermore, we would like to request information on the state of play of the procedure, namely:
1. Have the Hungarian authorities responded, and if so, what was their response?
2. What is the Commission's assessment of the response from the Hungarian authorities and of the current situation in Hungary in the context of this Written Question, now that a year has passed since the infringement procedure was launched?
3. What exactly will the Commission do to remedy this breach of Union law?


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