Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban stated on Monday his authorities had suspended the nation’s bilateral political relations with European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova, and referred to as for her resignation, after her “derogatory public statements” about Hungary.
In a letter addressed to the Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, Orban supported that Jourova’s feedback are a “direct political attack against the democratically elected government of Hungary,” and a “humiliation to Hungary and the Hungarian people.”
He added that the Commissioner’s feedback are “in contradiction” with the Commission’s position as a “neutral and objective” establishment.
“They are a blatant violation of the principle of sincere cooperation and prevent any meaningful future dialogue between Hungary and the Vice-President,” Orban said.
“Those who violate the Treaties cannot pose as the defenders of rule of law and European values. The statements of Vice President Vera Jourova are incompatible with her current mandate, therefore her resignation is indispensable,” the Hungarian PM added.
The letter was additionally uploaded on Twitter by Zoltan Kovacs, Secretary of State for International Communication and Relations and Orban’s spokesperson.
“Members of the Commission are members of a distinguished team who are supposed to be guardians of the treaties, not political partisans in a Europe that is increasingly weakened by partisan division. If @Vera Jourova cannot rise above, then she must resign,” Kovacs wrote in a put up.
half of PM Orbán to Pres @vonderleyen calling for resignation of Commissioner @verajourova: her statements are ‘innappriate & unacceptable, a blatant violation of the precept of honest cooperation, incompatible along with her present mandate, subsequently her resignation is indispensable” pic.twitter.com/sdyGDq9LBJ
— Zoltan Kovacs (@zoltanspox) September 29, 2020
Orban’s move adopted Jourova’s interview to German journal Der Spiegel, the place the Commissioner for Values and Transparency talked in regards to the state of the rule of regulation in EU international locations.
Jourova supported that in Hungary’s native media there’s little critique about Orban’s authorities and that many voters discover difficulties in forming and expressing their opinion.
“Mr Orbán likes to say that he is building an illiberal democracy,” the liberal Czech politician informed the German journal. “I would say: he’s building an ill democracy,” Jourova added.
Meanwhile, in response to Orban’s letter, a spokesperson by the European Commission informed reporters in Brussels that Jourova has von der Leyen’s “full trust”.
“Our concerns when it comes to the rule of law situation in Hungary are well known,” the spokesperson stated, including that “They will be addressed in our Rule of Law Report, which we will present tomorrow. In this report, we assesses the situation in all Member States.”
Shortly after the publication of the letter, Europe’s lawmakers defended Jourova’s statements, citing that they replicate the EU parliament’s choice to launch Article 7 and the European People Party’s (EPP) choice to droop Fidesz.
“Making this crusade versus Vice-President Jourova makes no sense. The issue here is Orban,” Anna Julia Donath, MEP of the Renew Europe group from Hungary’s Momentum motion wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
These statements are greater than VP @VeraJourova’s personal views. They echo @Europarl_EN’s choice to launch #Article7, @EPP’s choice to droop Fidesz, the current phrases of @donaldtusk and plenty of others. Making this a campaign vs. VP Jourova is unnecessary. The concern right here is #Orbán
— Anna Júlia Donáth (@donath_anna) September 29, 2020
Hungary’s move got here forward of the Commission’s first report on the state of the rule of regulation throughout the EU27 member states, set to be introduced on Wednesday.