Liberals: EU Should Sanction Governments, Not Countries

  • 3 May 2018 9:30 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Liberals: EU Should Sanction Governments, Not Countries
The Hungarian Liberal Party backs the proposal of liberal EP group leader Guy Verhofstadt that the EU should sanction governments, rather than countries, for failing to comply with the bloc’s regulations, party leader Gábor Fodor told a press conference.

One such measure would be to distribute EU funding through local NGOs instead of the governments, Fodor cited Verhofstadt as saying.

Such decisions would not harm the citizens but send a clear message to governments breaching standards of the EU and the rule of law, something Hungary and Poland’s governments have been accused of doing, he said.

Lawmaker Anett Bősz said that delegates of the Liberal Party had participated in the board meeting of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in Sofia, where the alliance had discussed a manifesto for the 2019 European parliamentary election.

Active opposition against the concept of the illiberal state is one of the key motifs, Bősz said.

MTI photo: Illyés Tibor

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