German news agency DPA is spreading fake news when reporting that the European Union has rejected Hungary’s post-pandemic recovery plan, Justice Minister Judit Varga wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
“We’ve caught the German DPA news agency sharing fake news!” Varga wrote. “Before the fake news campaign against Hungary could deceive anyone, let’s be clear: Brussels has not rejected Hungary’s recovery plan!”
She emphasized that “we remain open to a constructive dialogue with the European Commission.”
She did add, however, that the Commission is demanding a series of changes in Hungary’s Child Protection Act which was passed by parliament last month with a vast majority. Ever since the law was approved, Hungary has been under constant attack for the law as being supposedly homophobic and discriminating.
Leading Hungarian politicians, including Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, have repeatedly pointed out that the law is by no means discriminatory – it only gives parents the right to be the ones to decide about the education of their children, a matter of national sovereignty that Brussels has no business interfering with.
“On the other hand, it is true that the Commission has formulated new demands since the adoption of the Child Protection Act. These demands are obviously related to the child protection regulations”, Varga wrote. “Brussels cannot use politics to try to take away what Hungarian people have worked hard for.”
Title image: Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga. (source: Facebook)