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Hungary adopts resolution in solidarity with Poland against EU

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The Hungarian parliament on Tuesday adopted a resolution to support Poland in its feud against the European Commission.

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The resolution, presented to the parliament by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party, was adopted by 114 votes in favor and 13 against.

On December 20 last year, the European Commission took an unprecedented step by triggering Article 7, the first time in its history, and launched an unprecedented censure against Poland over a judicial reform dispute.

"The Commission has today concluded that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland," the European Commission said in a statement.

Dubbed so-called "nuclear option", Article 7 has never been triggered against any EU member state before. The procedure could eventually lead to Poland losing its voting rights in the 28-member bloc.

At issue in Poland was what critics described as two years of legislation which put the judiciary under the control of the ruling Law and Justice party, compromising independent courts and the rule of law.

"Within a period of two years, a significant number of laws have been adopted -- 13 in total -- which put in serious risk the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers," European Commission vice president Frans Timmermans told reporters in Brussels.

On the same day, the Hungarian government dismissed the European Commission's decision, saying Hungary would veto any EU's sanctions on Poland in the future.

In its resolution adopted on Tuesday, the Hungarian parliament said it considers the European Commission's announcement against Poland as being inadmissible.

The European Union, according to the resolution, is a community empowered to establish international law and treaty on its on behalf, as defined by the founding member states, therefore, the procedure under Article 7 can not be an instrument of political witch hunt.

"The Hungarian Parliament sees a dangerous precedent in the proceedings against Poland, as by its decision the European Commission goes beyond the mandate of the guardian of the treaties as laid down in the EU Statutes," it said.

"Therefore, the parliament calls on the government of Hungary to stand by Poland, and let it preserve its legally guaranteed rights under the Treaty, and also demands the government to refrain from supporting any proposals aimed to limit the exercise of Poland's EU membership rights," according to the resolution.

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