MEPs want Hungary punished
19 May, 2017
In a resolution adopted on 17 May, MEPs express concern that the recent developments in Hungary have led to a serious deterioration in the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights and call for triggering Article 7(1) of the Treaty that provides a mechanism to enforce EU values by dialogue and investigation, recommendation and if necessary sanctions.
Lawmakers asked the Hungarian government to repeal laws tightening rules against asylum-seekers and non-governmental organisations, and to reach an agreement with the US authorities, making it possible for Central European University to remain in Budapest as a free institution.
They instructed the EP LIBE Committee to draw up a formal resolution for a plenary vote and also asked the Commission to put under surveillance the use of EU funds. MEPs backed the resolution by 393 votes to 221 with 64 abstentions. However, some MEPs in explanation of their negative vote stated that such resolution is hypocritical and inadmissible interference in the affairs of a sovereign state.