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Hungarian MEPs address EP debate on amendment proposals to EU treaties

Laszlo Trocsanyi, an MEP of ruling Fidesz, argued against "reducing the powers of small and medium-sized member states" while opposition MEP Katalin Cseh supported changes to EU treaties to allow faster decision-making, in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

The two Hungarian MEPs addressed a debate held at the European Parliament’s plenary session on proposals for the amendment of the EU treaties.

At the debate, Maros Sefcovic, EC Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations, highlighted further enlargement as the next major political priority for the European Union, calling for an assessment of the reforms needed for the EU to prepare for the next round of enlargement.

In his address, Trocsanyi said that most of the proposals “would expand the powers of the European institutions, above all that of the European Parliament, while curbing the powers of the small and medium-sized member states”. He said Hungary’s firm position was that a European integration could only be successful if the bloc acted “with the authorisation and control” of every member state, and “not the other way round”.

“Citizens of the member states want strong states and a strong Europe. By reducing the powers of the member states, we will ultimately weaken Europe as well,” Trocsanyi said.

Katalin Cseh, an MEP for Momentum, called for community-level action in tackling current challenges.

She supported changing the relevant provisions in EU treaties, saying that it would enable the community to make decisions faster with adequate funding from its own revenues, and to act as a united bloc on climate issues.

“The far right advocating national sovereignty wants a weak Europe where citizens have no say in decision-making. We do not want such a Europe,” said Cseh.

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