European Law Monitor

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new f2Parliament divided over constitutional changes in Hungary

MEPs debated the situation of fundamental rights in Hungary with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Most MEPs felt that the constitutional reforms adopted by the Hungarian government set a "dangerous trend" moving the country away from European Uniopn values. Others said the Tavares report tabled for a vote was "politically motivated" and that Parliament would be exceeding its powers if it adopted it.

Most MEPs argued that the current tools in the Treaties to tackle breaches of European Union values (namely Article 7) did not work properly and that new instruments were needed. Others said Parliament was applying double standards by criticising practices in Hungary and not in other European Union countries.