Hungarian Minister of Justice László Trócsányi participated in an informal meeting of EU justice ministers in Bucharest Friday where he said Hungary is open to any debate on the status of the rule of law in the country, but these debates ought to be based on professional arguments, not politically motivated accusations, state news agency MTI reported.
The minister said that he held bilateral talks with EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová and informed her about Hungary’s new administrative court system.
Trócsányi also held talks with the EU affairs minister and the senate leader of Romania, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency.
Trócsányi told his negotiating partners that the Hungarian government rejects double standards applied against the country and calls for a debate that is not politically motivated concerning the EU’s Article 7 procedure launched against it.
On September 12, 2018, the European Parliament in Strasbourg voted to approve the hotly debated Sargentini report, which recommended the triggering of Article 7 against Hungary, with more than two-thirds of MEPs supporting the report. The report notes the “existence of a clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values on which the Union is founded.”
Article 7 is invoked with the aim of suspending certain rights from a member state, if that state is deemed to have persistently breached the EUʼs founding values, defined in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union as “respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.”