Hungary is no longer a democracy, officially recognizes the European Parliament

Hungary is no longer a democracy, officially recognizes the European Parliament

Hungary is no longer a democracy, officially recognizes the European Parliament

MEPs have widely adopted a text in which the country led by Viktor Orban is described as a “hybrid regime of electoral autocracy”.

EUROPE – Now it’s official in Strasbourg. On Thursday 15 September the European Parliament proclaimed that Viktor Orban’s Hungary was no longer a true democracy. And this just at a time when Budapest is trying to give guarantees to Brussels on the fight against corruption to escape the suspension of European funding.

In a widely adopted report, the European Parliament deeply regrets that the lack of decisive action by the Union has contributed to the erosion of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary “, Qualifying the country, in a twisted formula, of” hybrid system of electoral autocracy “.

An evolution ” dramatic “of the situation

The report, which obtained 433 votes in favor (123 votes against, 28 abstentions), was presented by French environmentalist MEP Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, who was applauded in the hemicycle after the vote.

Hungary has been led since 2010 by nationalist and ultra-conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban, 59, who claims the exercise of a ” illiberal democracy and maintains cooperative ties with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Things have changed dramatically “in Hungary in recent years, Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield underlined during a debate in the hemicycle on Wednesday, noting in particular that” independence of the judiciary is as unlikely in Hungary as it is in Poland “.

We know that it is Orban’s family that is recovering European funds “, He continued, also citing” restrictions on parliamentary rights “, the spying of journalists, the government’s grip on universities, the” infamous law “Against LGBT + people” reminiscent of Putin’s laws “, But also the tightening of the conditions for abortion.

A country that could no longer join the EU in 2022

If Hungary were to apply today to join the EU it would not be possible, it would no longer meet the membership criteria, this is the sad observation of the report. “, Commented the elected Fabienne Keller (Renew Europe).

In 2018, the European Parliament initiated proceedings against Hungary for ” risk of serious violation of European values (Article 7 of the Treaty).

Hungary also risks being deprived of billions of euros in European funding, due to Brussels concerns about corruption and the conditions for the award of public contracts in this country.

The Commission, which activated an unprecedented mechanism against Budapest in April linking the disbursement of funds to respect for the rule of law, will propose to Member States on Sunday to suspend most of the funds disbursed to Hungary under the cohesion, we have learned from European sources.

But he will take care to leave a way out for Budapest: the country could escape the sanction if it correctly implements the reforms announced in the fight against corruption. Member States would have up to three months to decide. Budapest presented a series of measures to try to appease Brussels, including the establishment of an “independent authority” to fight corruption.

Hungary is also the only EU country whose post-Covid recovery plan (€ 5.8 billion) has not yet received the green light from the Commission, for similar reasons.

The Hungarian Minister of Justice Judit Varga has started a tour in the European capitals in recent days. He is trying to convince the European commissioners and his counterparts not to financially sanction his country, which is facing a difficult economic situation, in a context of galloping inflation and the fall of the forint, the national currency.

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