Parliament this week: asylum, religious dialogue, Hungary 


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MEPs have another busy week ahead of them  

Rules to simplify and shorten asylum procedures, the situation in Hungary and a debate with leaders of non-confessional organisations are on this week’s agenda.

On Thursday, the civil liberties committee will discuss the situation in Hungary. Members are considering whether the country is at risk of a serious breach of EU values and if Article 7 procedure should be requested. The procedure could lead to possible sanctions.  These are not clearly defined in the EU treaties, but might include voting rights in the Council and the European Council.


On the same day the committee was also due to vote on a proposal for a single and common procedure for asylum claims in all EU countries, but this has been postponed. 


A regular meeting between the EU institutions and European churches, religious associations and non-confessional organisations takes place on Wednesday under the auspices of First Vice-President Mairead McGuinness. This time the inter-religious dialogue will focus on the issue of discrimination and persecution of non-believers around the world.