Bratislava, October 17 (TASR) – The Slovak Parliament is set to to address the EU effort to penalise Hungary and Poland over steps that undermine European values in EU’s view and deliberate on the resolution that would make Slovakia take the side of Hungary and Poland regarding the activation of Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty, Parliamentary Chair Andrej Danko told Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Szijjarto on Wednesday.
“The Slovak Parliament is no lackey to the Government; it’s the highest legislative body of Slovakia. I don’t want this to be overlooked. Therefore, I will strive to recruit the aid of lawmakers to promote this resolution that will help our neighbours. We won’t let anyone hurt our brothers and friends, Poles and Hungarians,” stated Danko.
Danko disagrees with the behaviour of EU, which, in his view, chose egregiously to trample the rights of sovereign members states – Hungary and Poland. He added that the resolution enjoys support within the Slovak governing coalition and contains the declaration that the Slovak Parliament will actively advocate the use of all available opportunities to promote the mutual dialogue between Hungary and EU institutions. This dialogue should address all open issues and resolve the matter in a constructive climate – without any adverse effects on the cooperation between the parties involved.
The Article 7, which the EU has never used against any member state before, is considered to be an extremely severe penalty. Dubbed “nuclear weapon” by the media, the activation of Article 7 might lead to the suspension of voting rights for the penalised country on the Council of the EU.
EU harbours grave reservations against Polish judicial reform, which it views as undercutting independent judiciary in the country. The use of Article 7 against Hungary was approved on September 12, 2018, by the European Parliament.