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Thu Jun 3, 2021, 04:26 PM

ECJ rejects Hungarian case against MEPs' vote to pursue sanctions

Source: The Guardian

ECJ rejects Hungarian case against MEPs’ vote to pursue sanctions

Hungary fails in attempt to argue abstentions should have been taken into account in 2018 vote

Daniel Boffey in Brussels
Thu 3 Jun 2021 10.54 BST

The European court of justice has dismissed an attempt by Hungary to reverse the outcome of a vote by MEPs that for the first time in the EU’s history triggered a process that could lead to a country being stripped of voting rights in Brussels.

A resolution in 2018 raising concerns over the independence of Hungary’s judiciary, the functioning of its constitution and attacks on freedoms of association, religion and expression passed by a majority of votes cast.

Hungary’s government, led by the prime minister, Viktor Orbán – who last week met Boris Johnson in Downing Street – argued in court that the European parliament had committed a “massive fraud” as abstentions should have been taken into account.

A resolution triggering the so-called “nuclear option” of article 7 in the EU treaties, capable of leading to the suspension of certain rights resulting from EU membership, requires a two-thirds majority of votes cast to be passed. Of the votes cast in Hungary’s case, 448 were in favour, 197 were against and 48 MEPs who were present abstained.

Hungary’s foreign minister, Péter Szijjártó, described the vote at the time as “nothing less than the petty revenge of pro-immigration politicians” and demanded that it be annulled.


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/03/ecj-rejects-hungarian-case-against-meps-vote-to-pursue-sanctions

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Thu Jun 3, 2021, 04:58 PM

1. Translation they want to treat immigrants as, less than, while enjoying the benefits of a system

that is working towards equal status for all.

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