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European Parliament collects signatures to deprive Hungary of vote in EU Council

Friday, 12 January 2024, 20:24
European Parliament collects signatures to deprive Hungary of vote in EU Council
Petri Sarvamaa. Stock photo: Getty Images

Petri Sarvamaa, a Finnish Member of the European Parliament, collected the necessary 120 signatures on a petition to deprive Hungary of the right to vote in the Council of the European Union.

Source: Sarvamaa on Twitter (X), as reported by European Pravda

Details: According to Sarvamaa, his petition was supported by 120 MEPs from different political groups and "several member states".


"We are one step closer to withdraw Orban’s voting rights.... Next it would be crucial to measure the final overall support for the petition’s idea in plenary as soon as possible," he added.

Sarvamaa notes that his proposals can be included in the resolution of the European Parliament on Hungary, for which members of parliament will vote next week.

The EU has been considering the possibility of applying the provisions of Article 7 of the Treaty on the European Union, which can make it possible to deprive Budapest of the right to vote due to the requirements put forward by Hungary in exchange for financial assistance to Ukraine.

The petition comes after Charles Michel, President of the European Council, announced his planned resignation in order to run for the European Parliament elections. This could strengthen Orbán's role in the EU: he will temporarily chair the European Council if EU leaders do not find a replacement for Michel.

Read also: Will Orbán be allowed to "seize" EU power? Сonsequences of Charles Michel's resignation

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