The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has assured this Wednesday that she will “take measures” against Hungary if this country does not “correct” its controversial law against homosexuality.
Spain and 16 other EU countries censor Orbán for anti-LGTBIQ laws and ask to activate the judicial process against Hungary
“If Hungary does not correct, the European Commission will resort to the powers conferred on it by the treaties. We will resort to these instruments without prejudice to the Member State that does not comply with Community legislation,” said Von der Leyen in a debate in the European Parliament.
“Measures will be taken if it is established that there are violations of the rule of law in a Member State that may affect the proper management of the EU’s financial resources,” said the head of the Community Executive in the debate in the plenary session of the European Parliament on the results of the last summit of leaders of the Union on June 24 and 25, in which this law played a major role.
“This law is disastrous”
“This law is disastrous, it is abject (…). It goes deeply against the fundamental values of the EU: the protection of minorities, defense of human rights, values anchored in our treaties,” said Von der Leyen, who claims to have the support of EU leaders to use “all the instruments available to the EC to defend these principles.”
It has ensured that the Commission will defend both the values and financial interests of the EU, which is why it has been decided to condition the granting of funds for post-pandemic recovery to compliance with the rule of law, a mechanism that Hungary has rejected and led to Court of Justice of the Union. Different political parties in the European Parliament again demanded this Tuesday that the Commission apply and apply the new rules that condition the receipt of European funds.
Von der Leyen explained that the Commissioners for Justice, Didier Reynders, and the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, have already written to Hungary to ask for explanations for their new law, which they believe violates the values set forth in Article 2 of the treaties.
“We cannot allow part of our society to be stigmatized (…) When we defend parts of our society, we defend the whole,” says Von der Leyen.
On the other hand, he has said that the Commission’s action is focused on protecting “the European taxpayer’s money”, and assures that “we are going to establish guidelines to apply this conditionality mechanism, and the first files will be dealt with in the autumn.” He stated that, in order to protect the investment plan, in the national recovery plans they have introduced a “very strong system of markers to know how this money is being spent”.
For his part, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, has made it clear that the rights of the LGTBIQ community “is not a marginal issue” and that “in the EU we do not discriminate, we integrate”, and trusts that the rule of law run its course.
Criticisms of MEPs
In the parliamentary debate, the conservative Manfred Weber has assured that the Hungarian law “is a shame” and considers that the important thing is to maintain a “common position” from the EU, while the socialist Iratxe García has warned that “the solution does not passes by pointing to the exit door “of the community club to Hungary. “Hungary is not your government.”
The liberal Dacian Ciolos went further and has accused the Government of Viktor Orbán of “systemic corruption” and has suggested that the EC has already decided to reject the recovery plan to obtain European funds presented by Budapest.
For Philippe Lamberts, of the Greens, “the time has come to take action” and that the states that commit offenses “feel the impact, especially the financial one.”