Rule of law in Hungary
Event date: 12/12/2019
In September 2018, the Article 7(1) TEU procedure was triggered. In this case, the European Parliament voted a resolution calling the Council to determine the existence of a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values in relation to Hungary. This resolution was preceded by numerous others adopted by the Parliament between March 2011 and May 2017 and it made reference to concerns related mainly to judicial independence, freedom of expression, corruption, rights of minorities, and the situation of migrants and refugees in Hungary.
Under Article 2 TEU, the EU is founded on the shared values of democracy, the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights (DRF). Article 7 TEU establishes two mechanisms (preventive and sanctions) to enforce EU values in cases of systemic violations and to sanction Member States departing from them.
See also the previous package on the rule of law in Hungary.
During the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs meeting, MEPs debate the presentation of the Council Presidency conclusions on the evaluation of the annual rule of law dialogue and presentation of the Article 7(1) TEU procedure in the Council regarding the situation of the rule of law in Hungary.