2019. február 12. 09:22

Opposition Regards Punishment of Their Representatives Unacceptable

Opposition parties find it unacceptable and take every legal opportunity to oppose the punishment proposed by speaker László Kövér because of their behavior during the parliamentary vote on the amendment of the Labor Code.
At the press conference held after the House Committee meeting on Thursday, the Democratic Coalition (DK), Jobbik, MSZP, LMP and the deputy caucus leader of Dialogue stressed that the financial penalty and its extent  were unacceptable and unlawful for their actions at the 12 December session and the ruling would be challenged on all Hungarian and international platforms.
Ágnes Vadai (DK) said, on the initiative of MSZP and DK, in addition to the fines, the events that took place) last December at the headquarters of the Media Services Support and Asset Management Fund (MTVA) were also discussed at the meeting. They wanted to discuss the content of opposition MPs' licenses, but the government did not cooperate, she said.
She added: there was no consensus on the punishment at the meeting; they expect it to be voted on by the plenary session of Parliament.
Ágnes Vadai emphasized the personal responsibility of László Kövér for the penalties, because, according to her, Hungary had lost every single case at the Strasbourg Court pertaining to MP penalties. “Budgetary surpluses” were being caused by László Kövér's personal decisions that bore no relation to politics whatsoever, she said.
According to Brenner Koloman (Jobbik), this penalty, as well as that "illegally" imposed by the State Audit Office, were part of a series aimed at intimidating opposition MPs.
He also said that what happened at the headquarters of MTVA proves that opposition representatives “had simply lost their official character,” as it was completely irrelevant what the law said and “they could be assaulted by security guards of Fidesz’ private army.”
According to Tamás Harangozó (MSZP), the penalty imposed on the opposition by Fidesz “whose members obstructed the parliamentary sessions between 2006 and 2010 and tore down barriers” was ridiculous and had no credit. He evaluated the fact and the extent of the punishment as “the pathetic struggle of a power maniac.”
He said government parties were wrong if they thought they could discourage opposition members with penalties so that next time they would silently contribute to the adoption of a law that destroys four million people.
As regards the events that took place at the headquarters of the MTVA, the Socialist politician said no one could question the official nature of MPs and no one could use violence against them.
Erzsébet Schmuck (LMP) stated that, with regards to the session on 12 December, the speaker should have punished the government and those representatives who had passed the law; they were the ones to violate the dignity of the House and the Hungarian people.
She suggested setting up a solidarity fund from the fines deducted from MPs salaries, where the speaker would not be the one deciding on the use of money; it should be donated to help families with children.
Sándor Burány (Dialogue) said that nothing else happened in Parliamentary on 12 December 12, but opposition members trying to prevent the unlawful adoption of the "slave law," the general debate of which was also unlawfully closed.
“There is no doubt that the speaker will impose a fine on the opposition, which will lead them to turn to the Immunity Committee,” he said. He added that if the committee approves the penalty, the plenary session of the National Assembly shall decide over it.