WALL – The European Parliament (EP) has defined Hungary’s form of government as “elective autocracy” and decided that the country is a systemic threat to the values of the EU and is “no longer democratically governed”.
According to the news of AA, the said draft resolution was accepted at the EP General Assembly with 433 votes in favor, 123 against and 28 abstentions.
Concerns were conveyed on many issues, from the functioning of the electoral system in the country to the independence of the judiciary, and said, “The situation in Hungary has not been adequately addressed for several years. Many concerns remain. Meanwhile, many new issues have emerged that adversely affect the image, effectiveness and credibility of the EU.” .
It was also stated in the resolution that “the blocking of restrictive measures against Russia in the Council constitutes a security problem for the EU”.
In a written statement from the AP regarding the decision, it was stated that “academic freedom, freedom of religion, freedom of association, the right to equal treatment including LGBTIQ rights, the rights of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees as well as minorities are problematic”.
“The results of this report are clear and irreversible. Hungary is no longer democratic. Given the alarming rate at which the rule of law has declined in Hungary, it was more urgent than ever for Parliament to adopt this stance,” the statement said.
The AP’s decision is not binding. In this way, the EP calls on the European Council to “acknowledge that Hungary is at risk of gravely violating the values on which the Union is founded”.
Hungary has been criticized by the EU for some time on the functioning of its constitutional and electoral system, the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, corruption and restriction of the media.
The EU Commission also filed a lawsuit against Hungary in the EU Court of Justice on 15 July on the grounds of violation of press freedom and sexual discrimination. (NEWS CENTER)