Rule of law in Hungary: MEPs to present their conclusions Monday in Strasbourg 

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MEPs who travelled to Hungary as part of an EP delegation to assess the rule of law situation will brief journalists Monday at 17.30 in Strasbourg.

During their three-day visit to Budapest, from Wednesday 30 September to Friday 1 October, seven MEPs of the Civil Liberties committee representing all Parliament’s political groups met the Hungarian Ministers for Justice and Interior, Budapest’s Mayor, as well as representatives of the political opposition. They also held exchanges with civil society organisations, journalists, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, representatives of academia and the education system, and of several cultural institutions.

On Monday, the head of the delegation, Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (Greens/EFA, FR), Isabel Wiseler-Lima (EPP, LU), Bettina Vollath (S&D, AT),  Nicolas Bay (ID, FR) and Malin Björk (The Left, SE) will summarise their impressions and take questions on the outcome of the meetings and the follow-up planned at the Civil Liberties committee.

When: Monday, 4 October, at 17.30.

Where: Daphne Caruana Galizia room, European Parliament in Strasbourg. Journalists will be able to ask questions remotely using Interactio. The press conference will be streamed in Parliament’s website.



Background

In September 2018, the European Parliament asked EU member states to determine, in accordance with Treaty Article 7, whether Hungary is at risk of breaching the EU´s founding values. According to MEPs, the situation has deteriorated further in the years since. In July 2021, the plenary adopted a new resolution criticising Hungarian anti-LGBTIQ legislation and denouncing the dismantling of democracy and the rule of law in the country.

In its 2021 Rule of Law report, the European Commission highlighted the worsening situation in the country. It noted, among other issues, that the risk to media pluralism, and the pressure faced by civil society organisations critical of the government. For the Commission, the transparency and quality of the Hungarian legislative process also remains a source of concern.

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