As the European Parliament debated the deterioration of rights, democratic standards and the rule of law in Hungary, the Commission announced it was stepping up action on three court cases, including the case on Fidesz's anti-NGO law.
Hungarian NGOs and Liberties recently asked the Commission to take three measures to protect the rule of law and the freedom of NGOs in Hungary and across the EU. Here's our assessment of the Commission's reply.
Liberties and Hungarian NGOs welcome the Commission's decision to launch infringement proceedings against Hungary, but we renew our call for a structural review of the retrogressive reforms that have taken place in Hungary since 2010.
Here is our letter, co-signed by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, to European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans urging the EC to act to protect NGOs and the rule of law in Hungary.
Yesterday, national ministers meeting in the EU Council found Poland on their agenda. This is the first time EU governments have ever dealt with the failings of one of their own members to uphold EU values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
Nine EU governments at the UN yesterday called on Poland to restore its formerly independent and effective Constitutional Tribunal and protect the rule of law. But will EU ministers speak up again at next week’s General Affairs Council?