BUDAPEST – A war of letters

“At present, the fight against the epidemic consumes all my energy and strength,” wrote PM Viktor Orbán in response to European Parliament President David Sassoli’s letter inviting him to personally come to Brussels on Thursday (14 May) to take part in the debate on Budapest’s controversial coronavirus law.

Justice Minister Judit Varga will represent the Hungarian government during the debate, Orbán confirmed.

Feel free to read more about the country’s crisis response, here.

In his letter, Sassoli stated that “according to the established practice for such kind of debates, the appropriate level of participation is that of the head of state or government.”

Orbán, for his part, pointed out that the EU Council Presidency will be represented by a secretary of state.

The European Commission and Council are expected to present a statement on the emergency legislation’s impact on the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary during the debate. (Vlagyiszlav Makszimov |

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