September 17, 2019
Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga met with her European counterparts Monday and was grilled on the state of Hungary’s judicial system, freedom of expression, and corruption allegations.
The meeting comes a year after the European Union began the Article 7 process that could see potential voting rights being stripped and saw Ms Varga grilled by European Affairs ministers, Le Figaro reports.
Prior to the meeting, Ms Varga slammed the proceedings saying: “I came here to defend Hungary. And I expect Member States to stand on the basis of law when scrutinising Hungary. I expect them to avoid double standards, I expect them to prove that this procedure is not a political witch hunt.”
Amélie de Montchalin, France’s State Secretary for European Affairs, justified the Article 7 proceedings saying: “The EU budget and the rule of law are naturally linked. The budget is a political issue because we are investing the money of European taxpayers.”
“The European Court of Justice has also confirmed that EU aid invested in the Member States must meet the criteria of stability, transparency, and anti-corruption. The public policy that we finance must be effective,” he added.
“We are obsessed with the idea of the rule of law because only the rule of law can guarantee the protection of fundamental rights and the European Common Market can only work if Member States have full confidence in the justice of the other,” Swedish EU Affairs Minister Hans Dahlgren said.
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