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  • 18 May 2017

    Minister Witold Waszczykowski spoke on ‎the phone with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Péter Szijjártó on 18 May. Minister Szijjártó briefed Minister Waszczykowski on Budapest's position following the resolution of the European Parliament of 17 May on launching sanctioning mechanism against Hungary by triggering Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union.

    Minister Witold Waszczykowski expressed his solidarity with the Hungarian authorities and reaffirmed Poland's belief that the values and principles on which the European Union is based should be guaranteed. However, it is equally important that each Member State have the right to act in their domestic policies pursuant to the principle of sovereignty of states.

    The resolution ‎passed by the European Parliament on 17 May 2017 is a political measure that paves the way for launching sanctioning mechanism based on Article 7 (1) of the TEU at the initiative of the European Parliament. This means that following a reasoned proposal of the European Parliament, the Council can state that there exists a clear risk of a serious breach of the values referred to in Article 2 of TEU by a Member State acting on a 4/5 majority vote. The resolution adopted yesterday instructs the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament to draft a so-called reasoned proposal which calls on the Council to act pursuant to Article 7 (1) of the Treaty. The proposal has to be approved during European Parliament's plenary session by a 2/3 majority vote of MEPs.

    MFA Press Office

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