Poland would vote against the sanctions of the EU against Hungary

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy in fotobanka of the European Union in front of the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels. Archival photoPoland would vote against the sanctions of the EU against Hungary© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy the image Bank

Poland would vote against the sanctions of the European Union in relation to Hungary, said in a statement the Polish foreign Ministry released on Wednesday.

Earlier Wednesday, the European Parliament approved a resolution calling to impose disciplinary action against Hungary because of a violation of European norms and principles of the rule of law. Voted for the document 448 deputies, 197 voted against and 48 abstained.

«Poland will vote against possible sanctions against Hungary,» the statement said.

«The Ministry of foreign Affairs with concern today’s decision of the European Parliament supporting the application of article 7.1 of the treatise of the EU against Hungary,» said the Polish foreign Ministry.

In Warsaw believe that «every member state of the EU has the sovereign right to conduct internal reforms that it deems necessary».

«Measures against member countries (EU — ed.), only serve to deepen divisions within the European Union, reinforcing the current lack of citizens ‘confidence in European institutions», — said in a statement.

EP first resorted to the procedure of the discussion document, which raised the question of the need to use in respect of Hungary, the provisions of article 7 of the EU Treaty. A similar procedure, which theoretically can lead to the deprivation of Budapest’s voting rights in the Council of the EU, was launched by the European Commission in 2017 in Poland.

Previously, the Committee on civil liberties and justice of the EP introduced the report and resolution of the Deputy Judith Sargentini with the proposal to the Council to determine in accordance with article 7 of the Treaty on European Union the presence of a «clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values on which the Union is based», and to determine recommendations to the authorities to remedy the situation within three months.

The European Parliament was asked to assess the functioning of the constitutional and electoral systems, the independence of the judiciary and other institutions, the rights of judges, the state of Affairs in the sphere of fight against corruption, freedom of expression and religion, respect for the rights of minorities and migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees and economic and social rights.

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