German official insists on maintaining Article 7 procedure against Hungary
Hungary should make progress towards guaranteeing the freedom of the media, Anna Luehrmann told reporters before a ministerial session in Brussels.
Concerning the rule-of-law conditionality mechanism, she said Germany was awaited the European Commission’s report on how Hungary has implemented its recommendations and what it did to protect EU funding.
Laurence Boone, the French state secretary of European affairs, said France and Germany would draft a report on Hungary’s rule-of-law record, covering the judiciary, anti-graft measures, academic freedom, and the enforcement of fundamental rights, with focus on the right of assembly and minority rights.
Marko Stucin, the Slovenian state secretary of European affairs, said Hungary had made positive steps to address the EU’s concerns.