Judit Varga – Photo: BZT / Nóra Halász

Justice minister: EP mounting ‘further attacks’ against child protection law

The European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) is sending a delegation to Hungary with a continuation of its "attack" against the child protection law, the justice minister said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

“The delegation’s declared intention is to launch another attack because of the Law on Child Protection by using the rule of law as a tool rather than as a principle. Furthermore, they also want to discuss the Article 7 proceeding, which has slowly stopped attracting any interest,” Judit Varga said in her English-language post.

Meanwhile, Hungary stands by its “consistent” stance that EU institutions should not overstep their competencies laid down in the fundamental treaties “simply because a Member State does not act the way bureaucrats in Brussels want it.”

“We will always remain open to dialogue based on mutual respect, although we have no illusions: when it’s about punishing Hungary, we have seen that Brussels knows no borders,” she said.

However, Hungary will attend the talks are a constructive partner “as our intentions are straightforward while our legal arguments are clear and confident,” she said.

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