August 3, 2021

Hungary stands up to the European Union

Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, had planned to go to Budapest, Thursday, July 8, for one of the stages of the tour of the capitals that she is carrying out to embody the European recovery plan of 750 billion euros. Each time the executive, which she heads, validates the national plan of a Member State – thus opening up access to Community aid -, Mr.me von der Leyen takes care to announce it live to the lucky winner. Finally, she deemed it urgent to wait before going to Hungary, when the law which equates homosexuality and pedophilia was to come into force on the very day of her arrival.

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During the European Council of 24 and 25 June, many heads of state and government attacked the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, and tried to convince him to withdraw this anti-LGBT text. A few hours before this very heated debate, during which the Dutchman Mark Rutte had mentioned a possible departure of Hungary from the European Union (EU), the country’s president, Janos Ader, a close friend of Mr. Orban, had announced that ‘he promulgated the law.

The European Parliament has also stepped up initiatives to express its hostility. And he now presses Mme von der Leyen not to approve the Hungarian stimulus plan, which should allow Budapest to benefit from 7.2 billion euros in subsidies. “Are you really going to validate programs that fund schools in which homosexuality is erased and denied? If so, we will go to the Court of Justice of the EU ”, thus launched, Wednesday July 7, the MEP Pierre Karleskind (Renew).

Shameful law

David Sassoli, the President of the European Assembly, still threatens to attack the Commission before the Court of Justice of the EU if it does not use, as of now, the mechanism of conditionality of the payment of European funds to the respect of the Rule of law. But the Commission prefers to wait for the opinion of the judges of Luxembourg, which Hungary and Poland seized, citing the illegality of the device. “We are ready to invoke the principle of conditionality”, assured Vera Jourova, Commissioner for Values ​​and Transparency, in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Without giving a date.

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“If Hungary does not correct things, the Commission will use the powers conferred on it in its capacity as guardian of the Treaties”, affirmed, for his part, Mme von der Leyen, again calling “Shameful” the law that created the controversy. At the end of June, the Commission sent a first letter to the Hungarian authorities expressing its “Legal concerns”. It should send them, in the coming days, a letter of formal notice, which amounts to launching an infringement procedure for violation of European law. It can lead, in theory, to a referral to the Court of Justice of the EU and to financial sanctions.

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