This morning, Hungarian Minister Gergely Gulyás (pictured) made it clear that the pro-immigration political parties in the European Parliament will stop at nothing to push their ideological agenda. In an information note on the Article 7 procedure Minister described their action as a ‘political accusation disguised as rule of law concerns’.
“As a result of a political decision, there is an ongoing political procedure against Hungary, despite the many attempts to disguise them as rule-of-law concerns.” said Gergely Gulyás, Minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s Office, at a press conference this morning,
“The European Parliament takes positions on matters, which don’t belong under the European Union’s competence” he added. “We believe that the accusation stating there is a systemic threat to rule-of-law in Hungary is completely absurd,” Gulyás concluded. “… The European Parliament’s adoption of the decision is not valid, and we are challenging it in the European Court of Justice“.
On Monday, November 12 the Council of the European Union will assess the Sargentini Report, examining the European Parliament’s recommendation to pursue an Article 7 procedure against Hungary based on the MEP Judith Sargentini research findings. Since its publication, the Report was criticized by the Hungarian government, pointing at its highly subjective vision, and a deliberate omittance and distortion of reality.
Earlier this month at the Congress of the European People’s party in Helsinki Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban warned about the risks illegal mass migration imposition on sovereign nations represents for the future of the European project.
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini called EU sanctions against Hungary “madness”, ANSA News agency reports.
“I am convinced that in a few months’ time we’ll find ourselves governing Europe together with Viktor Orban”, Salvini said, while addressing a press conference with Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz Christian Strache.
“…The sanctions against the Hungarian government and people are a political act, a madness by that leftwing Europe that is not resigned to change”. Salvini and Orban recently declared each other “heroes” while meeting in Milan.
Orban’s Fidesz party and Salvini’s Euoskeptic League are expected to be among the parties who will strengthen their power in the European Parliament elections on 23-26 May next year.
Orban, who won a third consecutive term in power this year, has been conducting a consequent policy of border protection, causing an argument with the EU leaders over his country’s stance on illegal immigration policies and for the pressure on democratic institutions — including civic organizations, the media and academic centre while Orban consolidated power – accusations he vehemently denied, blaming EU lack of objective vision, based on individual trips of the rapporteur MEP Judith Sargentini to Hungary. No EU fact-finding mission has been send to Hungary so far.
Orban underlined that Hungary did not change, being loyal to European values, and protecting borders thus protecting citizens from traffic of illegal migrants. Ensuring security of its citizens is a prime obligation of a state his government conducted upon the democratic mandate, and in line with the EU laws.
MEP Judith Sargentini report adopted by European Parliament:
The European Union parliament’s decision to start a punitive procedure against Hungary is the “petty revenge” of pro-immigration politicians against Hungary, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said, commenting on the outcome of the vote.
The EU executive Commissioner and First vice-president of the European Commission Frans Timmermans launched an unprecedented process, triggering Article 7 of Lisbon Treaty to suspend Poland’s voting rights in the European Union after two years of dispute over judicial reforms that Brussels claims undermine Polish judiciary independence.
Polish government has three month ahead of them to abolish the judiciary reforms to avoid the so called “nuclear” opinion to lose voting rights within the EU. The visit of the incumbent Prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki to Brussels is forseen in January, however so far Polish government refused to bend to EU demands, insisting on their sovereign right to carve laws. The move of the executive is largely interpreted as ‘anti-Polish’, and there are fears it will only deepen the growing gap between Brussels and Warsaw.
Many experts interpret the Commission’s selective application of Lisbon Treaty articles to fact of the growing longng of Poland for sovreignty, led by nationalist government of ight-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party.
Janice ATKINSON, OPINION
Poland may find itself the pariah of the EU when it could be stripped of its EU voting rights.
I would say to Poland, stand strong, you are elected by the people with a mandate for reform. Remember, the UK voted to leave the EU to take back control of our sovereignty. It was unacceptable for the British to see the unelected Commission deciding our laws with Parliament unable to change or reject laws that were incompatible with the British way of life and business.
You have a friend in President Trump, whose strong support for sovereign states should hearten you. He’s backed up by his secretary of state for trade, Wilbur Ross, and defence secretary, James Mattis who have both recently spoke of the importance and supremacy of the nation state. Their opinion of the EU is very low indeed.
Poland is a strong, proud country, a member of NATO, your economy is strong and your status in the world is high. You are strong within the Visegrad, you are protecting your borders, culture, identity and way of life. Do not become like the Western EU states, who have seen their cities taken over by alien migrants that do not respect our rule of law, our women and our way of life. Stand strong against migrant quotas, the defence of your courts, your media and your voters.
Mr Morawiecki, Britain is leaving the EU to return to being a sovereign state. My advice is, do not be bullied and sanctioned by unelected bureaucrats. If they trigger Article 7, be bold and trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and leave the EU.
Germany’s enters alongside France into a battle between the European Commission and Poland over the rule of law increasing the probability of unprecedented EU action to punish Warsaw.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week by criticized Poland’s governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, showing the European Union’s executive has the firm support of its most influential member.
Poland risks a reprimand under procedures of Article 7 that have never been used before and would deal a heavy blow to its prestige, causing its isolation in the bloc and diminishing its ability to influence EU policies.
“As much as I wish for good relations with Poland — they are our neighbor and I will always strive for this given the importance of our ties — we can’t simply keep our mouth shut in order to keep the peace,” Merkel said in Berlin. “This goes to the very foundations of our cooperation within the European Union” she added.