The European Parliament denounces that Hungary is no longer a democracy and threatens to cut off its access to European funds

The plenary session of the European Parliament has denounced this Thursday that Hungary has become a «hybrid regime of electoral autocracy», in which elections are held but democratic standards are not respectedwhile accusing the Member States of inaction for not advancing in the Council with the procedure to sanction the partners that put the rule of law at serious risk.

The report adopted with 433 votes in favor, 123 against and 28 abstentions recalls that four years ago the European Parliament itself began the procedure that activates Article 7 of the EU Treaty and warns that during this period the situation of fundamental rights in Hungary has deteriorated due to the “deliberate and systemic efforts of the Government” of Víktor Orbán.

Among the main areas of concern to MEPs are the functioning of the constitutional and electoral systemsthe independence of the judiciary, corruption and conflicts of interest and freedom of expression, including informative pluralism.

They also warn of threats to freedom academic, religious and associational, for the right to equal treatment, including the rights of LGBTIQ persons, the rights of minorities and in the situation of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

European funds questioned

Thus, the plenary meeting in Strasbourg (France) disfigures the lack of measures on the part of the Twenty-seven to whom it emphasizes that they can advance in the article 7 procedure without the need for unanimity, since that level of consensus is only necessary to decide about possible sanctions at the end of the analysis of the rule of law by that mechanism.

They also claim that the anti-democratic drift of Budapest has consequences for their access to European fundsfor example by excluding from funding cohesion programs that contribute to the misuse of EU funds or breaches of the rule of law.

In the opinion of MEPs, Hungary’s recovery plan should also not be approved until the country fully comply with all recommendations of the European Semester and apply all relevant judgments of the EU Court of Justice and the Court of Human Rights.

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