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Fidesz MEP indicates ‘delay’ in Europe’s response to coronavirus pandemic

Edina Toth, an MEP of ruling Fidesz, cited delays in Europe's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the bloc had been able to "overcome challenges" due to "quick decisions" by the individual member states, at an EP plenary session in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

The Hungarian MEP gave an address at the session which discussed a report prepared by a special committee set up by the EP in March last year to assess the lessons learnt from the coronavirus pandemic and recommendations for the future. The committee’s mandate will run out on July 19.

Besides referring to delays in Europe’s response to the pandemic, Toth said the report did not address “issues effecting European people the most” while “making exaggerated and erroneous statements” in connection with the EU’s performance.

She said that a fact-finding report promised earlier about the issue of vaccine delivery contracts concluded via an exchange of text messages had not been prepared.

“It would be time for a real investigation of the facts instead of attacking the member states,” said Toth.

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