Liberal Dutch MEP: Hungary should be ‘condemned’ even if country’s coronavirus measures are lawful

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Liberal MEPs keep spreading false information about the Hungarian government’s additional mandates for the duration of the coronavirus epidemic, including a Dutch MEP who called for Hungary to be condemned even after admitting the country’s measures are lawful, wrote MEP Balázs Hidvéghi of the ruling Hungarian conservative Fidesz party in a Facebook post.

“Leftist and liberal MEPs have again demonstrated that they haven’t the slightest idea of what is in the Hungarian coronavirus law, but they don’t really care either. They in Brussels keep attacking the measures taken by the Hungarian government,” Hidvéghi wrote. “Hungarian measures are fully compliant with constitutional requirements while the European institutions continuously apply double standards.”

Hidvéghi singled out Dutch MEP Sophie in’t Veld of the Democrats 66 party, saying that she “discarded the most tenets of democracy and rule of law. She said that even if individual measures of the Hungarian government are lawful, Hungary should be condemned nevertheless.”

On Thursday, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) held a session looking into the member states’ coronavirus measures and their effects on the rule of law, democracy and human rights, with a specific focus on Hungary.  whose government has been liberal media says received a right to rule by decree indefinitely.

Dutch MEP Sophie in’t Veld is not the only member at the EU-level who has admitted that Hungary’s coronavirus measures are lawful, with European Commission Vice President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová also noting that Hungary’s emergency measures are in accordance with EU standards.

“So far, Hungary has not adopted any such decree that would contradict European regulations,” Jourová said on Czech TV.

Hidvéghi said there are several other EU member states whose governments have broader and more restrictive powers during the coronavirus crisis, yet Hungary remains in the crosshairs of these attacks.

“There are many countries where the government has identical or broader powers than the Hungarian,” the Hungarian MEP said. “For example, in Italy, Slovakia and Estonia the government can single-handedly institute a state of emergency, while in Hungary the Parliament can end it at any time.”

Title image: MEP Balázs Hidvéghi in the European Parliament (source: Facebook)

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