European Parliament Passes Resolution Calling for Possible Sanctions on Hungary

This may ultimately lead to sanctions against Hungary.

In its official press release, the European Parliament wrote that Members feel that

Recent developments in Hungary have led to a serious deterioration in the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights which is testing the EU’s ability to defend its founding values.

Specifically, the resolution passed today by the European Parliament calls for:

  • The launching of Article 7(1). MEPs instruct the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to draw up a formal resolution for a plenary vote

  • the Hungarian Government to repeal laws tightening rules against asylum-seekers and non-governmental organizations, and to reach an agreement with the US authorities, making it possible for Central European University to remain in Budapest as a free institution

  • the European Commission to strictly monitor the use of EU funds by the Hungarian Government

The European People’s Party, the EP grouping to which Fidesz itself belongs, issued a “milder” resolution concerning the situation in Hungary. However, after the adoption of the left-wing groupings more “punitive” resolution, the Strasbourg plenary session did not vote on the EPP version.

Out of the EPP’s 216 MEPs, 67 supported the more stringent proposal while 40 abstained.

It is important to keep in mind, however, that this vote in and of itself does not trigger sanctions. Rather, a parliamentary committee will now review the resolution, and issue an opinion as to whether Article 7 is justified in this case.

If it were not for the brave men women and children who fought in the 1956 revolution. Hungary’s politics might be different in the times we live in now.

If you would like to know more about the 1956 Revolution. Click on the link below.
Image via MTIHungary Today website

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