Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban called the European Parliament’s accusations against Hungary “political propaganda and a pamphlet” and noted that this is not the first time MEPs have made accusations against Budapest.
The European Parliament on Thursday approved a report calling on the EU Council to acknowledge the risk of serious violations by Hungary of the core values on which the European Union is founded. The deputies noted that in Hungary the main problems are related to “the functioning of the constitutional and electoral system, the independence of the judiciary, corruption, the protection of personal data, freedom of the media, freedom of religion, the protection of the rights of minorities, including LGBT and national minorities, the rights of migrants and refugees” and suggested that the European Commission refuse from payments to Hungary from the European budget as part of the economic recovery plan to the elimination of all violations.
“As for the decision of the European Parliament, I find it funny. We only laugh at it because we are already bored, this is a boring joke, they are already adopting a resolution condemning Hungary for the third or fourth time in the European Parliament … At first we thought, that it is important, but now we just take it as a joke… As for the quality of the adopted document, we simply take it as political propaganda or a pamphlet,” Orban said at a press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.