MEPs from PiS, Fidesz say EU legislation should not be used to persecute governments

Photo: EP Ryszard Legutko.

During the week, the quarrels over the rule of law conditionality mechanism and its use erupted with renewed vigor in the European Parliament. EP delegations of the Polish Law and Justice (PiS) and Hungarian Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union disseminated on Friday a joint statement that strongly reject the statement by Dutch MEP Sophie in ’t Veld from Renew Europe Group.

In ‘t Veld tweeted on Wednesday: “The issues with Poland’s and Hungary’s governments are of a political, not legal nature. So a technocratic legal response will not solve the situation. A political response is required. As much as they try @EU_Commission @EUCouncil cannot escape taking a stance.”

"We cannot accept the fact that the Left threatens national governments on a party political basis. Interfering in domestic politics of Member States goes far beyond Treaty provisions on the European Parliament and is actually undermining the foundations of an honest cooperation between Member States and EU Institutions. This position only brings more division in Europe, which is unacceptable for us," Ryszard Legutko, head of the PiS delegation and Co-Chairman of the ECR Group, commented.

Tamás Deutsch, head of the Fidesz delegation in the European Parliament, added that “In ‘t Veld’s statement confirms that the actual goal of the Left with the so called rule-of-law conditionality mechanism is not the protection of the Union’s financial interests, but the financial punishments of conservative governments”. In the middle of Europe’s worst health and economic crisis, unity and solidarity should prevail over political witch-hunt, Deutsch urged.

Italian MEP Raffaele Fitto, ECR Group Co-Chairman also commented, saying on Friday that he fully supports the statement by his colleagues, ECR Co-Chairman Legutko and Fidesz MEP Deutsch, “in response to the declaration by the Renew MEP Sophie in 't Veld which she made during the Plenary”.

“We cannot accept these blackmails and threats from MEPs who publicly declare that they want to use the powers of the Union for political attacks against national governments elected by millions of European citizens. I hope that the European Council will not lend itself to this political manipulation, and I trust in the opposition of the Italian Government to any decision on Article 7 in the Council against the governments of Poland and Hungary,” Raffaele Fitto underlined.


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