The European Parliament no longer considers Hungary a full-fledged democracy and recognizes it as an "electoral autocracy" due to the actions of the Hungarian government and its prime minister, Viktor Orbán, the EU Parliament declared in a statement issued on Sept. 15.
Parliament condemned "the deliberate and systematic efforts of the Hungarian government to undermine European values". Members of the European Parliament voted for a document that recognizes that Hungary can no longer be considered a democracy. This decision was supported by 433 votes. Another 123 MEPs voted against the declaration, and 28 abstained.
The statement said that the lack of decisive action by the EU contributed to the emergence of a "hybrid regime of electoral autocracy" in Hungary. MEPs specify that elections are taking place in this country, but there is no respect for democratic norms and standards.
“The conclusions of this report are clear and irrevocable: Hungary is not a democracy. It was more important than ever for Parliament to take this position, given the alarming pace of backsliding on the rule of law in Hungary,” said Parliamentary Rapporteur on the situation in Hungary, Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield.
MEPs call on the European Commission to make full use of all the tools at its disposal and, in particular, the regulation of funding for Hungary.
Earlier media reported that the European Commission intends to recommend cutting the funding to the Hungarian government amid fears of large-scale corruption in the country.