Vote on the situation of fundamental rights, standards and practices in Hungary: - extracts from the vote on the report Rui TAVARES (Greens/EFA, PT)

Type: News   Reference: 94362   Duration: 00:01:01  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 03/07/2013   First transmission: 03/07/2013
European Parliament adopted today by 370 votes to 249, with 82 abstentions, Mister Rui TAVARES' (Greens/EFA, PT) report on the situation of fundamental rights, standards and practices in Hungary. The Report stresses that the EU is founded on key values such as respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law, as enshrined in Article 2 of the EU Treaty. According to the Rapporteur, "Constitutional changes in Hungary have been systemic and they have a general trend that moves away from EU values enshrined in EU Treaty Article 2". The adopted report urges the Hungarian authorities to remove from the constitution those provisions already declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court, to reduce the recurrent use of cardinal laws, to apply the recommendations of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission, to ensure the widest possible participation of all parties in the constitutional process and to fully guarantee the independence of the judiciary. On media laws, Parliament asks Hungary to set up objective, legally binding procedures for the appointment of heads of public media and regulatory bodies. MEPs also call on the Hungarian authorities to “finally assume their responsibilities towards the homeless”, adopt a broader definition of “family” and do more to integrate Roma communities. The resolution asks Parliament’s Conference of Presidents to “assess the opportuneness of resorting to mechanisms foreseen by the Treaty, including Article 7.1" should the replies from the Hungarian authorities "appear not to comply” with EU values. To prevent breaches of EU values in the future, MEPs call for a “Copenhagen mechanism” to be set up to ensure compliance with EU common values and continuity of pre-accession criteria. This mechanism, which could take the form of a "Copenhagen Commission" or high-level group, would be independent from political influence and avoid any risks of double standards, says the text..

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00:00:05 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. 00:00:05
00:00:10 Opening of the vote. 00:00:04
00:00:14 Closer shot on Rapporteur Rui TAVARES (Greens/EFA, PT). 00:00:03
00:00:17 Voting procedure by show of hands : 2 shots. 00:00:15
00:00:32 Check by roll-call : 3 shots. 00:00:19
00:00:51 Display panel with the results of the vote : 701 voting ; 370 in favour ; 249 against ; 082 abstentions. 00:00:06
00:00:57 Rapporteur Rui TAVARES (Greens/EFA, PT) being congratulated by the House. 00:00:04
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