Croatian MEPs from the ranks of the European People's Party (EPP) and Ruza Tomašić of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) voted against a report on Hungary, which claims that Hungarian government has subverted the rule of law. This could result in Brussels activating Article 7 and taking away Hungary’s vote in the European Council.
One of the reasons the Croatian MEPs voted against the resolution is that they maintain that this is legal matter for which there is a court that is the guardian of the fundamental treaties of the European Commission.
On Wednesday members of the European Parliament adopted a report by Judith Sargentini from the Greens–European Free Alliance calling on the European Council to find that, in accordance with Article 7, paragraph 1 of the Treaty on European Union, there is an obvious danger that Hungary is seriously violating the values of the European Union.
“This is a very delicate issue for Croatia because Hungary is our neighbor and first and foremost we want good neighborly relations. And we took this into account when voting,” (HDZ/EPP) MEP Dubravka Šuica said. Her party colleague Ivana Maletić added that this was clearly an issue for legal institutions.
Along with Šuica and Maletić, Željana Zovko and Marijana Petir also voted against the report by the Dutch rapporteur Sargentini.
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