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Hungary and the Rule of Law – Plenary debate in the European Parliament

Viviane Reding

Vice-President Viviane Reding on Wednesday spoke, on behalf of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, in the European Parliament plenary session on the situation in Hungary.

"The Commission's legal analysis is progressing at a steady pace, in an objective, non-partisan and fair manner, in full respect of EU law and principles. This is what we have done in all other situations such as in Romania last year."

On Friday, President José Manuel Barroso sent a letter to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán confirming that, based on a first legal analysis, the Commission has serious concerns over the compatibility of the Fourth Amendment to the Hungarian Fundamental Law with EU legislation and with the principle of the rule of law.

Background

Following the change of the constitution on 11 March, President Barroso, together with Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland, issued a joint statement saying that the amendment raised concerns with respect to the principle of the rule of law, EU law and Council of Europe standards.

Now, the European Commission is carrying out a detailed assessment of the amendments adopted by the Hungarian Parliament.