Strasbourg, 25.04.2013 – The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has recommended that the Assembly should open a “monitoring procedure” in respect of Hungary, citing deep concerns at “the erosion of democratic checks and balances” as a result of the new constitutional framework in the country.
In an opinion, the committee said there are “serious and sustained concerns” about the extent to which Hungary is complying with the obligations it took on when it joined the Council of Europe to uphold the highest standards on democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
In the light of the Monitoring Committee’s written opinion, the Assembly’s Bureau will now express itself on whether to open a monitoring procedure. Subsequently, the text shall be included on the agenda of the next Assembly session. (more...)
See also: Hungary and the Council of Europe