Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga has accused the European Union of a targeted attack on her country in a social media post she wrote on Monday.
Varga’s Facebook post indicated that the justice minister had previously shared information about Brussels using the rule of law and sanctions to try to “destroy the traditional values of Hungary.”
Hungary and Poland challenged the rule-of-law mechanism that the EU agreed upon in November, which stipulates that any EU state violating European values could face a cut in EU funding as a form of punishment. The new EU policy was widely seen as an attempt to force Hungary and Poland into dropping their conservative positions on open borders, progressive causes, and multiculturalism.
The EU Commissioner for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, expects a verdict on this issue in the summer from the European Court of Justice. Varga believes that Brussels, because of its hatred of the two countries, put pressure on the EU’s top court to harm them, wrote Varga on Twitter.
“Speaking to Bloomberg, European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourová has expressed her specific expectations of the Court of Justice of the European Union and is already awaiting a decision from the panel on the conditionality lawsuit this summer. I never thought that Jourová’s hatred of Hungary and Poland would escalate to the point of putting political pressure on the EU Court of Justice, quasi-instructing the Luxembourg body to take a decision. We call on liberal politicians to stop blackmailing countries that are still in favor of traditional values against the mainstream on the left,” Varga wrote on Facebook.
She called on “left-wing liberal politicians” not to blackmail states with traditional values with sanctions.
“Communities instead of individuals, independent nation-states instead of multiculturalism and traditional male and female roles instead of hundreds of genders” are, in her view, the true EU values that need to be protected.
Last week, Jourová announced that she would be campaigning for a tougher approach in the funding cuts.
“I advocate a system that makes it possible to extend sanctions to funds that have not yet been paid out,” she told the Bloomberg news outlet.
So far, EU member states have to expect cuts only if they did not spend the money already received from the EU.
Title image: Hungary’s Justice Minister Judit Varga, center, arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers at the European Council building in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. European Commission’s Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier will brief ministers Tuesday on the state of play in EU-UK Brexit negotiations ahead of a key EU summit on Thursday. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)