Hungary announced in March that it was introducing emergency legislation to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, there was global condemnation by liberals who claimed that Hungary’s controversial Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, was trying to illegally give himself dictatorial powers. Many called on the European Union to take action against Hungary. But now the European Commission (EC) has acknowledged that Hungary’s emergency measures are lawful.
Among the voices which condemned Hungary is no less a person than Donald Tusk, the former President of the European Commission and current President of the European People’s Party (the EU’s largest parliamentary bloc of which Hungary is a member), who went so far as to accuse Orbán of Nazism and called on Orbán’s party, Fidesz, to be expelled, as previously reported by Voice of Europe. This was in spite of the fact that many European nations have enacted similar emergency legislation to deal with pandemic
While it was widely claimed by people who didn’t actually look at the law which Hungary calls the “Coronavirus Protection Law” that Orbán was “suspending Parliament” and could thus “rule by decree,” the truth about the legislation was very different, as previously reported by Voice of Europe. And once it examined the matter, the EC had no choice but to agree.
After examining the law, the European Commission’s Vice President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, officially acknowledged that the EC has determined that Hungary’s measure is entirely lawful and in accordance with European Union standards, as reported by Die Welt.
Hungary’s Minister of Justice, Judit Varga, announced the EC’s ruling on Facebook. In a television interview yesterday, Varga called on both the EU and Hungary’s own domestic opposition to apologise for unjustly maligning Hungary over the law.
“Opposition MEPs compete with each other to spread fake news in Brussels, and they lament every day that the European institutions are not taking firmer steps against Hungary,” Varga wrote on Facebook, as reported by Remix News. “Yesterday’s statement by the Vice-President of the European Commission completely discredited the opposition’s campaign against our country.”