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Adam Bodnar on Hungary's criticism regarding the closure of Art. 7 towards Poland: they don't want to feel lonely

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Perhaps Hungary does not want to feel alone, said Justice Minister Adam Bodnar, commenting on Monday in Brussels on Hungary's criticism of closing the Article 7 procedure against Poland. In a letter to the European Commission, Budapest demanded explanations, accusing it of political motivation.

European Commission announced on May 6 that the procedure under Art. 7 of the Treaty on European Union towards Poland, but before this can officially take place, the matter must be discussed by EU ministers.

To this end, on Tuesday in Brussels Adam Bodnar will present how his nine-point reform plan in the justice system is being implemented.

So far, the procedure under Art. 7 outside Poland was launched only towards Hungarian. Janos Boka, the country's minister for EU affairs, wrote on Monday on the X website that there are many questions related to the timing and content of the decision, which he asked for answers last week in a letter to the Vice-President of the European Commission, Viera Jourová. Jourova will also take part in the ministerial meeting on Tuesday.

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In the opinion of the Hungarian minister, the action of the European Commission seems purely political, confirms its double standards and is “blatantly inconsistent with its previous position on issues related to the rule of law.” “This reinforces the view that Article 7 is nothing more than a tool for political blackmail,” he wrote.

Bodnar: perhaps Hungary does not want to feel alone

Commenting on the Hungarian position, Bodnar said that he had already experienced situations twice when Hungarian representatives asked questions that did not fully agree with what was presented by the Polish delegation. – I wouldn't say that this overshadows the procedure (closing Article 7 towards Poland – ed.) – he told journalists in Brussels.

– We know perfectly well that Hungary has had a problem with the rule of law for years and there is no indication that this problem will be solved in the near future – commented the head of the Ministry of Justice.

Minister of Justice Adam BodnarTwitter/MS_GOV_PL

– What was a feature of cooperation at the European Union level, namely the strong Polish-Hungarian union and mutual defense of each other's positions, has ended – he explained.

– Now this is no longer the case, we have no reason to defend Hungary in any way as Poland, and perhaps Hungary does not want to feel alone – he noted.

Main photo source: Twitter/MS_GOV_PL



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