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World Hungary and Poland to set up rule-of-law institute to counter EU attacks

15:30  28 september  2020
15:30  28 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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The European Parliament has voted on a resolution saying that rule of law in Hungary and Poland is still deteriorating. Which means that the EU is failing to bring these countries to realign with the Union ’s core values.

The European Commission said in January it had begun an assessment of the rule of law in Poland , in response to the government's reforms. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the Brussels attacks "should be considered as an attack on Hungary as well," adding that Hungary must take "all

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary and Poland will set up a joint institute to assess the state of rule of law across European Union member states so that they are "not taken for fools" over allegations of rule of law breaches, Hungary's foreign minister said on Monday.

Péter Szijjártó wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto attends a news conference at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia © Reuters/ADRIANO MACHADO FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto attends a news conference at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia Péter Szijjártó wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjarto attends an interview with Reuters in Budapest © Reuters/STAFF FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjarto attends an interview with Reuters in Budapest

After meeting Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau in Budapest, Peter Szijjarto said an EU report on the rule of law, which will soon be discussed in Brussels, was expected to be a political statement, rather than any well-founded assessment.

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In the case of Poland , MEPs are most worried about the separation of powers, the independence of the judiciary and fundamental rights. EU member states may decide, by a majority of four fifths and after receiving the consent of the EP, to launch the procedure laid down in Article 7 of the EU Treaty

After years of heating up , the EU ’s values crisis is close to boiling point. Defiance of core EU Most pertinent to the cases of Hungary and Poland are greater possibilities for judicial review by the To counter this propaganda, EU actors need to communicate the facts about the union ’s laws and

"The aim of this institute of comparative law would be that we should not be taken for fools," Szijjarto said, adding that he had "had enough of some western European politicians using us as a punchbag".

The institute would examine how the rule of law was upheld across the EU, to avoid "double standards" being applied to Hungary and Poland, he said.

The Law and Justice party (PiS) government in Poland - as well as its nationalist ally, the Hungarian government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban - have long been at loggerheads with the EU over accusations that they undercut democratic standards.

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If Hungary and Poland are relegated today to the European Union ’s periphery, they have nobody to blame but Orbán and Morawiecki. Because of their intransigence on asylum policy and their attacks on the rule of law , Hungary Dalibor Rohac is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute .

While both post-communist states benefit from generous EU handouts, their rulers have come under pressure for putting courts and judges, media and academics, non-government organisations and rights groups under direct government control.

In an interview with Reuters on Friday, Orban denied undermining democracy.

An EU summit in July agreed that the bloc's next joint budget for 2021-27, worth a trillion euros, and access to a linked economic recovery fund worth a further 750 billion euros to help repair damage done by the coronavirus pandemic, should both include conditions that member states adhere to the rule of law.

However, the exact details have not yet been set down, with the European Parliament pushing for tougher conditions than those agreed at the summit, and Warsaw and Budapest threatening to veto anything that would threaten their benefits.

Rau said the new institute would promote debate and transparency within the EU.

"A legal debate cannot be replaced by a political debate," he said.

(Reporting by Krisztina Than; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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