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April 13, 2018  10:40

European Parliament report calls for sanctions procedure against Hungary

A draft European Parliament report on Thursday called on the assembly to trigger proceedings against Hungary that could ultimately lead to EU sanctions for failing to uphold the bloc’s core values.

STEPANAKERT, APRIL 13, ARTSAKHPRESS:The report’s publication comes just after Prime Minister Viktor Orbán secured a third consecutive term with a landslide election win on Sunday. The text, drafted by Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini, outlines concerns about the independence of the judiciary, corruption, freedom of expression, the rights of Roma and Jewish minorities and refugees, and other issues.

Sargentini’s investigation will inform a European Parliament decision on whether to launch the so-called Article 7 process against Hungary, which could ultimately lead to Budapest losing its right to vote on EU decisions. Although that final step is unlikely — as all other EU member countries would have to vote in favor — even a decision to begin the process would damage Hungary’s international standing.

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