13 EU countries warn of interference with fundamental rights because of Corona
Germany and twelve other EU countries have expressed concern about corona emergency measures that could violate the rule of law, democracy and core values. This emerges from a statement released by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday evening on behalf of the 13 countries.
In Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban had been given extensive powers at the beginning of the week because of the pandemic to rule indefinitely by decree with no further involvement of Parliament. The spread of false news should be severely punished, so that journalists fear critical reporting.
Hungary does not mention the declaration of the 13 countries. But it says: “Emergency measures should be limited to what is absolutely necessary, they should be proportionate and temporary, they should be checked regularly and they should respect the principles and international legal obligations mentioned. You shouldn’t restrict freedom of expression or freedom of the press. ”
In addition to Germany and the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Sweden are above the declaration. “We must overcome this crisis together and in this way jointly uphold our European principles and values,” they explain and welcome the EU Commission’s announcement that it will keep an eye on the emergency measures in all countries. The Council of Ministers for General Affairs should deal with this if necessary.