Hungary protests against “EU dictatorship”
Prime Minister Viktor Orban will present the demands to the EU institutions.APA / AFP / Emmanuel DUNAND
The EU is not prepared for crises like the current one and needs to be transformed. This is a decision of the Hungarian National Assembly. He also sharply criticizes the reaction to the Ukraine war: “The international community’s ill-considered decisions on sanctions against Russia make the situation in our home country and our fellow citizens even more difficult.”
President Volodymyr Selensky with EU-Commissions President Ursula von der LeyenAPA/AFP/UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE/Stringer
EU treaties to be changed: “unsuitable” for crises
The decision on the “Hungarian position” on the future of the EU was tabled by MPs from Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party and the People’s Christian Democratic Party. The letter also makes you sit up and take notice with tough demands on the EU.
Hungarian MEPs are demanding a review and amendment of the EU treaties. The current ones are “not suitable to serve as a basis for cooperation in times of crisis.” Orban’s government should now represent this Hungarian point of view to the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission.
Von der Leyen will also have to listen to the demands.APA/AFP/PATRICK HERTZOG
The most important points:
• Unwanted EU laws should be prevented by national parliaments.
• “The right of every people must be guaranteed to decide with whom they want to live together in their own homeland.”
• The EU Parliament has ‘steered democracy down a dead end’. In future, MEPs would therefore have to be “delegated by the national parliaments in order to guarantee real political legitimacy”.
• For which areas the EU institutions are responsible at all and for which they are not, “must be recorded in a detailed catalogue” – in the sense of subsidiarity.
• The objective of “ever closer unity” should be deleted from the treaties, because: “Integration is not an end in itself”.
• The political and ideological neutrality of the EU Commission must be recorded in the treaties.
• “The Christian roots and the Christian culture of Europe … serve as a moral compass in the epoch of imponderables. This principle must be reflected in the Treaties.”
• “Dealing with the demographic challenge and family support” must be anchored as an objective in the contracts.
• “The financial burden of our decisions must not be passed on to our children and grandchildren”. Therefore, the contracts must contain “a prohibition on further borrowing by the Union”.
Criticism of the conference on the future of Europe
The Hungarian parliament is also reacting to the conference on the future of Europe, which has almost completely disappeared from the media, the eXXpress reported. It degenerated into an “expensive soliloquy” between Brussels and itself, as the Swiss “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” noted.
All EU representatives were present at the end of the conference. But they have not previously listened to the wishes of the citizens, criticizes Hungary.APA/AFP/POOL/Ludovic MARIN
French President Emmanuel Macron gives a speech at the presentation of the conference report on the future of EuropeAPA/AFP/POOL/Ludovic MARIN
Wishes of Hungarian citizens were ignored
But especially from Hungary, as one of the few countries, many citizens took part in the discussions of the conference. However, their proposals have been ignored, criticizes the National Assembly. Instead, ideological forces were able to let off steam at the conference, striving to abolish the sovereignty of the EU states.
The Hungarian parliamentarians complain: “The Hungarian National Assembly notes with regret that instead of open and democratic dialogue – to the exclusion of a significant part of the contributions of the respective citizens – the conference has become an operator of the political and ideological aspirations of forces who have an interest in the abolition of the sovereignty of the member states and the expansion of the power positions of the EU bureaucracy.”