Voice of Europe
13 September 2018
Poland’s foreign ministry in Warsaw has noted it’s “concern” over Wednesday’s decision by Euro deputies to trigger a punitive procedure against Hungary citing [trumped up]accusations of flouting EU rules on democracy, civil rights and corruption.
The country announced it stands with Hungary against the EU and will veto any sanctions against its ideological ally. The foreign ministry said it “has noted with concern [Wednesday’s] decision of the European Parliament supporting the motion to trigger Art. 7.1 of the Treaty on European Union against Hungary.”
Adding: “Each EU Member State has a sovereign right to carry out the internal reforms that it considers appropriate.”
The European Commission took the step of triggering Article 7 of the EU Treaty against Poland in December. At that time, Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen pledged his country’s defence of Poland against the “unjust” and “political” measures by the EU, stating that it was unacceptable for Brussels to put pressure on sovereign EU member states, arbitrarily punishing democratically elected governments.
The Polish foreign ministry said after yesterday’s vote, “measures taken against Member States lead only to the deepening of divisions within the European Union, by increasing the current distrust of citizens in European institutions.”
Yesterday’s vote was deemed successful to trigger Article 7, however, there have been several challenges to the legality of it. Article 354 TFEU says that Article 7 requires two-thirds “of the votes cast”, therefore not including abstainers. The results of the vote were: 448 Yes; 197 No; 48 Abstain. Without the abstainers, it is clearly NOT two-thirds in favour of enacting Article 7 against Hungary.
Zoltan Kovacs, Government Spokesman, Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister of Hungary, said in a tweet: “It’s called FRAUD. EU Treaty clear about voting rules: requires 2/3 of all present. Do the math: 448 Yes; 197 No; 48 Abstain. That ain’t 2/3.
Irony? Pro-migration MEPs bashing Hungary for allegedly violating the rule of law resort to violating the rule of law to pass resolution.”
Poland’s foreign ministry has said in a statement posted on its website that Poland will “vote against any possible sanctions” that could be “imposed on Hungary within … European institutions”.