EU sanction threat 'no danger' to Hungary: PM Orban

16 September, 2018, 16:28 | Author: Myra Gill
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Wednesday's vote is the first time the European Parliament has voted to take such action against a member state under EU rules.

Budapest argues that abstentions should have been counted in calculating whether a necessary two-thirds majority threshold was passed, and that consequently the vote was not valid.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said the approval of the report was "petty revenge by pro-migration politicians". The Europeans are struggling to verify a nuclear tackle Iran within the face of American opposition, nonetheless are stymied by American secondary sanctions, given the dominant feature that the dollar plays in worldwide switch and banking.He most frequently identified as for extra investment in European defense, and for controlling migration by shoring up the bloc's exterior borders and investing in countries from the set a range of the migrants invent.

Orban said he expects a "serious legal debate" regarding this decision. "The Hungarian people deserve better".

The deputy head of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said on Tuesday he shared its authors' concerns about "fundamental rights, corruption, the treatment of Roma and the independence of the judiciary" in Hungary under Orban.

"This decision was born through fraud and in a way that goes directly against and contradicts the provisions of European contracts", Szijjarto said.

On 11 September, MEPs will discuss a proposal to the Council to trigger a procedure that seeks to prevent a serious breach of European Union values in Hungary. Soros has repeatedly denied the allegations.


On Tuesday Weber said the European Union might need to consider launching the sanctions procedure, under Article 7.1 of the bloc's Lisbon Treaty, if Budapest did not address the criticisms.

Even EPP leader Mandred Weber, who earlier was supportive of Orban and is seeking to become the European Commission president next year, said he had voted for triggering Article 7.

Orban, who has been elected four times and now presides over what is effectively a one-party state, has been a thorn in the side of European Union leaders since he came back to office in 2010.

While Weber had called on Orban to show a willingness to compromise on some of the most high-profile issues - like an agreement being delayed by the Hungarian government for the Central European University, founded by Soros, to remain in Budapest and recent laws criminalizing the work of civic groups working with asylum-seekers and refugees - Orban remained steadfast that his policies wouldn't change.

Despite the possibility of sanctions, Orban vowed to defy the European Parliament, saying "Hungary will not accede to this blackmailing. and if needed we will stand up to you". "There is nothing to talk about".

"It is very concerning that the Conservative Party MEPs chose to defend Hungary's appalling track record, rather than supporting this motion to protect the rule of law".

Orban characterised Wednesday's vote as a bid to weaken Hungary's position as a "symbol of resistance against migration".

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