Orbán intends to ignore the Human Rights Committee

Orbán “avoids this delegation, which wants to find out primarily about the rule of law” in Hungary, with a big arc, the Hungarian newspaper Népszava wrote on its website, referring to unnamed sources in Brussels.

Only Justice Minister Judit Vargová and Interior Minister Sándor Pintér are to receive European MEPs.

The delegation will also meet with the opposition mayor of Budapest, Gergely Karácson, with government and opposition deputies, and with representatives of the ruling Fidesz party, as well as opposition parties and civil society organizations.

The European Commission has more reservations about Budapest. In July, during the second annual assessment of the rule of law in all 27 member states, it assessed developments negatively, especially in Hungary and Poland.

In the Hungarian case, the commission is particularly concerned about developments in the media and the fight against corruption.

The Commission also opened proceedings against Hungary and Poland in July over concerns about violations of the rights of sexual minorities.

In Hungary, changes in the laws on education and protection of children have become the target of criticism, as a result of which enlightenment about sexual minorities ends in Hungarian schools.

Orbán will come on a full day visit to the Czech Republic on Wednesday. He will hold talks with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and meet with President Miloš Zeman. The prime ministers will visit Ústí nad Labem together.

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