EP resolution criticising Poland is groundless: Hungarian PM

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday that in his opinion a resolution adopted by the European Parliament (EP) on Thursday to condemn Poland was not based on facts.

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The Hungarian PM said in a statement that Poland’s rule of the law met European standards and that all statements undermining this as well as the EP resolution were groundless.

Mr Orbán declared that Hungary had been firmly supporting Poland, and argued that the condemnation of Poland had a political nature and was “another attack of European liberals against a Christian and conservative Poland.”

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday stating “the progressing deterioration of the rule of law in Poland.” It went through in a 513-to-148 vote with 33 abstentions.

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The document, prepared by the EP’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), states that the situation has deteriorated since the activation of the EU Treaty’s sanctioning Article 7 procedure against Poland over rule-of-law delinquencies, and recommends that the European Commission (EC) and EU Council take decisive steps in the matter.

In its description of rule-of-law infringements in Poland, the resolution names the justice system, including the functioning of the Polish constitutional court, electoral laws, the freedom of gatherings, abortion rights and discrimination against the LGBT minority.