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EU rapporteurs to visit Hungary over monitoring procedure

A team of rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will pay a fact-finding visit to Hungary on July 6-8, to assess the assembly’s initiative to open a monitoring procedure for the country, the Hungarian parliament’s press office said on Tuesday.

A January 2011 motion, signed by 24 members of the Assembly, raised “serious concern” about recent developments in Hungary in four areas related to human rights, the rule of law and the functioning of democratic institutions, PACE said on its website.

Rapporteurs Kerstin Lundgren of Sweden and Jana Fischerova of the Czech Republic will on Wednesday hold closed-door talks with the chairman of parliament’s cultural and media affairs committee and the deputy group leader of the main opposition Socialists, parliament’s press office said.

Their schedule on Thursday includes meeting the group leader of the co-ruling Christian Democrats and of green opposition party Politics Can Be Different (LMP).

On Friday they will meet the speaker of parliament and the group leader of radical nationalist Jobbik.

Meetings are also scheduled with the deputy prime minister and the head of the Constitutional Court, as well as representatives of the media, civil society and the diplomatic community.

PACE said the rapporteurs will “in due course prepare an opinion on the request to open a monitoring procedure, to be submitted to the Bureau of the Assembly.”