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Justice minister: EP working to hinder Hungary EU presidency

The European Parliament is preparing to vote on a resolution concerning Hungary next week, Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Facebook on Wednesday, adding that the document served to hinder Hungary in taking over the rotating presidency in 2024.

“We shall not allow an opportunity like that to be taken from Hungary!” she said.

Member states’ rights to the rotating presidency of the European Council are decided in a unanimous vote, Varga said.

The EP has no say in the matter, Varga said. “Those with real weight on the matter have never even contemplated the idea that Hungary should not be allowed to fulfil its role. We are in daily contact with the Council, and preparing for the task,” she said.

The presidency will be an excellent opportunity for Hungary to spread its views in other member states, and also to shape Europe’s future, Varga said.

Hungary’s focus will be the future of demographic challenges, competitiveness and cohesion policy, she said.

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