It is not clear why the European Commission insists on carrying through with infringement procedures against Hungary considering that the majority concerns raised in connection with the retirement of judges and the data protection ombudsman have been resolved, the justice minister said on Tuesday.
Tibor Navracsics told a meeting of the European affairs committee in parliament that the Court of Justice of the European Union will make a decision in these matters, which is not unusual because the EU is an organisation of international cooperation which involves debates and the conflicts are resolved in a peaceful manner, in institutionalised ways.
He said he had written a letter to his Irish counterpart concerning Francis Ciaran Tobin, an Irishman sentenced earlier for killing two children in an accident in Hungary twelve years ago. Navracsics said he expressed regret in the letter for “a criminal offence recognised by all” to go unpunished. The Irish Supreme Court last week ruled not to hand over Tobin to Hungary where he would face imprisonment.