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13 September 2018

Hungary: for a Europe which protects, is open and defends its values

On 12 September 2018, the European Parliament adopted, by a large majority (448 in favour, 197 against and 48 abstentions), a resolution to trigger a Rule of Law procedure against the Hungarian Government. Under this resolution, the Parliament invites the Council to declare, in accordance with Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union, that there is a clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the European Union’s founding values.

This 12 September is a very important day for Europe and the fight for a Europe of values, a Europe that protects.

"It was important to remember this morning that we could not, on the one hand, enjoy all the benefits of the Union (…) and, on the other, not abide by the common rules and fundamental rights".
Benjamin Griveaux
Press conference, 12 September 2018

This vote is proof that European progressivism makes sense and that we can achieve results in Europe when we are determined and act. It is proof that in Europe there can be a unity around values that transcends party politics.

Today in Europe, "on one side are the nationalists, who assert positions that run contrary to tradition, to the values and to the core EU fundamental rights. On the other side is an alliance of progressives, who share the same fundamental values of the Union: the principle of cooperation and the principle of solidarity between Member States", the Government’s spokesperson underlined.

In its resolution, the Parliament proposes that the Council declare there is a clear risk of a breach of the Rule of Law in Hungary and make recommendations to Hungary on the measures to be taken in a number of areas, particularly in respect of fundamental rights. Today’s vote is just the beginning of what will be a lengthy process.

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