Hungary only approved the 2012 report on the implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union by attaching a political statement to it, voicing reservations about four points, Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics told MTI on Thursday.
Navracsics, who also holds the justice portfolio, attended a session of the EU justice ministers in Luxembourg earlier on Thursday.
Despite repeated requests by Hungary, the report fails to mention that the Constitutional Court had declared the law on judges’ retirement unconstitutional before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) passed a decision on it, he said.
Nor does it contain that on March 11 Hungary’s parliament had approved all law amendments the ECJ deemed as necessary two months later, Navracsics said.
The report fails to mention that all disputed issues were resolved through a constructive and continuous dialogue between the Hungarian government and the European Commission, he said.
The Hungarian government has also objected that the 2012 report refers to Hungary’s media law “without any justification”, though Hungary had concluded its talks with the European Commission on the subject a year earlier, and made the necessary amendments. In 2012 there were no open issues to justify that it should be included in the report, he insisted.
Navracsics said that the session adopted Hungary’s ideas which would serve as “a kind of criteria” for similar reports in the future. Under those criteria, the evaluation procedure should be conducted in a factual way outlined in the EU treaties. The facts evaluated should be comparable between member states, and members states must be considered as equals, he said.