Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wrote a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, informing her that he will suspend bilateral political relations with European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova, due to her offensive statements towards Hungary and the Hungarian people, the PM's press chief said on Tuesday morning. According to PM Orban, the resignation of the EU's vice president is "indispensable".
"Since our accession in 2004, Hungary has always been a committed Member State of the European Union. We have always strived, mostly with success, to reach a negotiated solution to our disputes. We appreciate your activities as President of the Commission," reads Viktor Orban's letter published by Hungary's state news agency (MTI) on Tuesday morning.
1/2 PM Orbán to Pres @vonderleyen calling for resignation of Commissioner @verajourova: her statements are 'innappriate & unacceptable, a blatant violation of the principle of sincere cooperation, incompatible with her current mandate, therefore her resignation is indispensable" pic.twitter.com/sdyGDq9LBJ— Zoltan Kovacs (@zoltanspox) September 29, 2020
Viktor Orban said he felt forced to write to EC President Urdula von der Leyen regarding the latest derogatory public statements of Vice President Vera Jourova. "According to the Vice President, in Hungary a 'sick democracy' is being built and in addition she insulted EU citizens of Hungarian nationality by saying that they are not in a position to form an independent opinion."
"These statements are not only a direct political attack against the democratically elected Government of Hungary that has become commonplace, but also a humiliation to Hungary and the Hungarian people. The former is inappropriate, the latter is unacceptable," the Hungarian premier wrote. "The statements are in contradiction with the Commission's role as a neutral and objective institution enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty. They are a blatant violation of the principle of sincere cooperation and prevent any meaningful future dialog between Hungary and the Vice President," PM Orban added.
"Those who violate the Treaties cannot pose as the defenders of the rule of law and European values. The statements of Vice President Vera Jourova are incompatible with her current mandate, therefore her resignation is indispensable. Meanwhile the Hungarian Government suspends all bilateral political contracts with her," the Hungarian prime minister informed the European Commission president.