The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday calling for the withdrawal of Hungary’s presidency of the Council of the European Union. The presidency is rotating, Hungary is to take over in the second half of 2024.
“European parliament is seriously concerned about the further deterioration of the rule of law and fundamental rights situation Hungary” – we read in the resolution. Its authors, representing five factions – the European People’s Party (EPP), Social Democrats (S&D), liberal Renew, the Greens and the extreme left of GUE/NGL – draw attention to what they consider to be opaque lawmaking by Budapest, “undermining LGBTIQ+ people and freedom of expression” and posing a threat to the freedom of academic research.
Therefore, Parliament “questions how Hungary will be able to credibly fulfill this task (hold the Presidency of the Council – PAP) in 2024, given the non-compliance with EU law and the values enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union, and the principles of sincere cooperation.
The EP therefore asks the Council “to find a suitable solution as soon as possible”. It recalls that “Parliament could take appropriate measures if no such solution was found”.
Appeal to the European Commission
The authors of the draft resolution also reiterate their call on the European Commission “to make full use of the tools at its disposal to address the clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values on which the Union is founded, in particular accelerated infringement procedures, requests for interim measures before Court of Justice of the EU and action on non-compliance with its judgments”.
442 MPs voted for the resolution, 144 against and 33 abstained.
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