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Commission’s assessment of Hungary welcome, now Council must defend democracy

The European Commission has just presented its assessment of the Hungarian government’s 17 measures aimed at tackling the rampant corruption in the country surrounding the misuse of EU funds. The Commission’s assessment, if agreed by the Council, will result in a freezing of certain European funds to Hungary.
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European Parliament Strasbourg
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Plenary Flash - 21-24 November 2022

On the agenda for the plenary session: Asylum and migration including search and rescue, Hungary and the conditionality mechanism, women on boards, biodiversity COP15, budget 2023 and the protection of rainbow families.
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Event |

Towards Schrems III?

What would a new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework mean for the privacy of citizens on both sides of the Atlantic? Could this agreement spark new federal surveillance legislation in the US, and usher in a new era for a digital trans-Atlantic relationship based on the respect for fundamental rights? International data transfers with th…
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© European Union 2021 - Source : EP
European Parliament Strasbourg
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Debriefing of the October II plenary session

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included COP27, rule of law and media freedom in Malta, alternative fuel infrastructure, general budget for the EU for 2023, Frontex discharge 2020, social and economic consequences of the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis package
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News |

Plenary Flash - 17-20 October 2022

On the agenda for the plenary session: COP27, rule of law and media freedom in Malta, alternative fuel infrastructure, general budget for the EU for 2023, Frontex discharge 2020, social and economic consequences of the war in Ukraine and the introduction of a windfall tax
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Event |

Countering judicial capture in Hungary with systemic EU actions

Join us online for the launch or our study on steps taken by the Hungarian government to dismantle judicial independence, and how all of these are in violation of European standards and principles. The event will discuss how the EU can and should do much more to tackle these issues in a systemic manner.
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Study |

Systemic problems, systemic infringements : the case of Hungary

In this paper we analyse the independence of the Hungarian judiciary, and argue that Hungary is not a rule of law state, the judiciary does not operate according to the principles of constitutional democracy. We also show how judicial capture affects all segments of the public sphere, illustrated by the examples of academic freedom, med…
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Hungarian parliament building
Press release |

Commission must not rubber stamp away the rule of law in Hungary

MEPs will debate proposals by the Commission to protect the EU budget from systemic corruption in Hungary in public procurement, under the rule of law conditionality mechanism. The Commission appears to be moving toward deeming anti-corruption proposals by the Hungarian government satisfactory enough to suggest for the Council to end the …
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Plenary Flash - 3-6 October 2022

On the agenda for the plenary session: energy prices and cost of living, rule of law conditionality regulation in the case of Hungary, common charger for electronic devices, repression of women's rights protesters in Iran, Ocean Governance and the protection of biodiversity
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© European Union 2022 - Source : EP
© European Union 2022 - Source : EP
Press release |

MEPs recognise Hungary no longer fully democratic

Members of the European Parliament have voted to support the findings of Greens/EFA MEP, Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield’s report into the “Existence of a clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values on which the Union is founded”. The report states that Hungary has moved from being a democracy to a ‘hybrid regime of electoral autoc…