“Hungary has once again been stigmatised by ideological campaigns”

Hungary and Poland are once again the two Member States stigmatised by left-wing ideological campaigns, said Fidesz MEPs Kinga Gál and Balázs Hidvéghi, in response to the EP resolution adopted on Thursday, which highlighted Hungary and Poland as the two Member States where the situation of fundamental rights deteriorated during the coronavirus epidemic.

Commenting on the report on fundamental rights, Kinga Gál, chair of the Fidesz delegation to the European Parliament, stressed that the European Union is today a unique island in the world in terms of human rights and the everyday security of its citizens.

It is regrettable that debates on human rights have become debates on political ideologies, and the interpretation of human rights has in many cases become a tool for the dissemination of left-wing ideas in the European Union. As an example, the MEP mentioned the Hungarian Child Protection Act, which, he said, had been attacked unfairly because of ideological prejudices.

“Once again, Hungary and Poland have been stigmatised by left-wing ideological campaigns without a realistic picture of the actual situation”, Kinga Gál stressed.

According to Balázs Hidvéghi, the report paints a completely false picture of the situation of fundamental rights in Europe. It blatantly “portrays” the situation of fundamental rights in Europe as “negative” and constantly talks about an “emergency situation”, which could weaken social cohesion. It weakens social cohesion by compulsively naming more and more social groups and regurgitating their trumped-up grievances. On this basis, it wants to interfere in the competences of the member states”, he underlined.

The Fidesz MEP concluded by saying that every effort must be made to promote fundamental rights in the European Union. “It is regrettable, however, that the report has been prepared according to the usual scenario: the Left is abusing an otherwise important issue and once again pushing its own ideology,” Balázs Hidvéghi said.

The European Parliament debated the report on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union on Wednesday and adopted it on Thursday. The report, signed by left-wing Spanish politician Juan Fernando López Aguilar, says that the introduction of measures to contain the coronavirus epidemic has led to a deterioration in the situation of fundamental rights, including freedoms, in the EU member states.

MEPs who supported the report said Poland and Hungary were failing to comply with a number of EU laws and European court rulings and called on the European institutions to respond with concrete measures.