Hungarian News from the EU
Thursday, 17 November 2011 09:53
Tabajdi: Europe will not leave the Hungarian democracy alone!
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) ask the European Commission to audit Hungarian two-third laws. Seven MEPs called the Commission not just to monitor the adoption of two-third laws in Hungary but also to check it whether the Hungarian government respects basic democratic values of the European Union while constructing and adopting them. The written question was issued by MEP Alexander Alvaro (liberals, Germany), MEP Sophie in 't Veld (liberals, the Netherlands), MEP Rui Tavares (greens, Portugal), MEP Judith Sargentini (greens, the Netherlands), MEP Claude Moraes (socialists, United Kingdom), MEP Juan Fernano López Aguilar (chair of the European Parliament committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs – LIBE, socialists, Spain) and MEP Csaba Tabajdi (socialist, head of delegation, Hungary).
The MEPs also asked the European Commission if it had finished the analysis on the new Hungarian constitution adopted in April 2011. The European Parliament also called the Commission on 5 July 2011 to examine the new Hungarian constitution substantially to make it clear if they are in accordance with the Common values, especially with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. MEP Tabajdi, head of delegation of the Hungarian socialists said that the single fact that such a joint question was issued by MEPs, it still show the common interest in Hungarian political affairs in the Union. He also added that the Hungarian government-party Fidesz can’t count on destructing Hungarian democracy out-of-the-way of the European Union.
PES Women starts a campaign against violence against women
PES Women, which is the Party of European Socialists’ organization that promotes gender equality and women’s representation both within and outside the party, dealt the issue violence against woman and decided to start a campaign on it jointly with the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’. Hungarian socialist Member of European Parliament (MEP) Zita Gurmai, chair of the organization talked about the past activity and future challenges of group. On 25 and 26 November 2011 a two-day-long convention will be held on issues like handling the economical crisis, unemployment of the youth, future of European retirement system and the state of democracy overall. The convention, which is going to be held in Brussels, will be visited by several progressive politicians of Europe, non-governmental organizations, researchers and numerous experts. MEP Gurmai said that the participation of women should appear in each and every issue according to the so called ‘gender mainstreaming’.