Fidesz MEPs on Tuesday slammed a draft report issued by a European parliamentary committee which suggested possible grounds for setting in motion the “nuclear option” of Article 7 against Hungary.
Kinga Gal, a Hungarian MEP for the ruling Fidesz party, branded the report by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) “completely unacceptable”.
Rapporteur Rui Tavares’s 31-page report contains factually unfounded statements and diverges from the truth in many instances, Gal said.
Tavares’s report was tantamount to a call on the Hungarian government to reverse everything that had happened in Hungary since 2010, she said.
The draft report says Hungary risks seriously breaching European Union values to the extent that the so-called “nuclear option” of Article 7 may be activated.
Tavares argued there was a clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the common values referred to in EU Treaty Article 2. The first stage of the Article 7 procedure should be launched if replies from the Hungarian authorities to his report’s recommendations fail comply with Article 2 requirements, he said.
Gal said the report applied double standards towards Hungary and it called on the LIBE to postpone a discussion of the report until it is amended to reflect a comparison of Hungary’s practices with those of other EU countries. Citing passages on the constitutional court review and church recognition, she said the report makes demands on Hungary that could be made of other countries too.
The Fidesz European parliamentary group issued a statement on Tuesday declaring the report “an attempt to constitutionally colonise Hungary”. It said Hungary’s parliament and people would be placed under “direct orders” and “international guardianship,” if the report’s findings were enforced, and branded it an “unprecedented left-liberal political ultimatum”.