Due to Hungary’s immigration-critical attitude, a majority of the European Parliament recently voted to deprive the country of its right to vote. Poland, however, announced that it refused to agree to this and aims to prevent the EU from further action against Hungary.
Recently, a majority voted (448 for, 197 against) to activate Article 7 against Hungary, which means that the country may be deprived of its right to vote in parliament. This is said to be due to Hungary for an all-inclusive immigration-critical policy, and also to prevent George Soro’s organization from the Open Society Foundation and similar organizations from working in the country.
However, in order to deprive an EU Member State of its right to vote, 80 percent of Parliament votes for the proposal, and Poland announces that under no circumstances will the implementation of Article 7 be allowed.
Poland is deeply concerned about Wednesday’s decision in the European Parliament to support the implementation of Article 7 against Hungary. All countries have the right to make domestic policy reforms if they consider it necessary.Imposing sanctions on Member States only leads to even greater splits between EU members. Poland will vote against all possible penalties that may be imposed against Hungary, says Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz .
This is the second time the EU tries to use Article 7 to force obedience to Member States. Last time, Poland was exposed when the country cleaned up its communist media.