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European Parliament: Hungary’s COVID-19 response must respect the EU’s founding values

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The Civil
Liberties Committee highlights that any extraordinary measure adopted by the
Hungarian government in response to the pandemic must respect the EU’s founding
values.

Following
developments in Hungary, where the government is trying to expand its executive
authority in order to rule by decree while the country remains in a “state of
danger”, Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES), made the following
statement, in his capacity as Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee.

“On behalf
of the Civil Liberties Committee, I would like to express our concern about the
Hungarian National Assembly’s intention to vote on extending the ‘state of
danger’ in Hungary and the related changes to the Criminal Code. We are aware
that member states have a responsibility to take protective measures in these
difficult times, but these measures should always ensure that fundamental
rights, rule of law and democratic principles are protected.

In this
context, we would call on the Commission to assess if the proposed bill
complies with the values enshrined in Article
2 of the Treaty on European Union
 and to remind member states of their
responsibility to respect and protect these common values”.

Background

The
Hungarian government tabled a bill on Monday 23 March, which would authorise
the executive to rule by decree if adopted. Although the Hungarian legislature
did not approve the proposal, the governing Fidesz-KDNP alliance can still push
the bill through Parliament next Tuesday, leveraging its two-thirds majority

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