Justice Minister Tibor Navracsics on Monday criticised European justice commissioner Viviane Reding for “extreme bias against Hungary” reflected by her recent statements published in Austrian daily Der Standard.
“Viviane Reding’s latest attack on Hungary in the Austrian daily Der Standard not only shows extreme bias against Hungary, but also ignorance of the history of her own country’s constitution,” according to a ministry statement.
While Reding has condemned Hungary for the constitutional amendments, “Luxembourg – the Commissioner’s native country – amended its constitution twelve times between 2003 and 2009, and six times in the six months between December 1988 and June 1989,” the statement said.
“Therefore we would ask the Commissioner to examine her own country’s constitutional history before expressing an opinion on constitutional issues in other countries,” it added.
Reding accused Prime Minister Viktor Orban of “systematically” playing around with Hungary’s constitution in the liberal daily Der Standard. “A constitution is not a toy that one can change every few months,” she said in the interview.