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December 5, 2022

MAE: Hungary’s reaction to Ponta’s statements, exaggerated

The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) claims that “it took note of the Hungarian side’s position with surprise and preoccupation,” Mediafax informs. The Hungarian side summoned the Romanian ambassador at the end of last week, at the headquarters of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, asking him to explain Premier Victor Ponta’s statement concerning the EU’s decision to introduce a mechanism of control. The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s representatives consider that the Hungarian Foreign Ministry’s reaction “is exaggerated,” pointing out that they would have expected “the Hungarian side to react with preoccupation towards the unacceptable statements made by Hungary’s Speaker of the National Assembly Laszlo Kover, (…) who brought offending attacks against European political leaders, foreign companies active in Hungary, as well as Romania, Romania’s state leadership and the Romanian political class.” “These statements coming from a high Hungarian official run against the things agreed in Bucharest on March 4-5, during the consultations held by the two foreign ministers.

At least in what concerns Romania these statements do not correspond in any way to reality,” the aforementioned source pointed out. At the same time, the MAE underscored that the Romanian Prime Minister’s statements on March 19 “should be understood in the context of wider European level talks on the need to establish a set of standards and procedures generally applicable to all EU member states in what concerns the respect for common European values.” We remind our readers that Victor Ponta stated last Tuesday that the letter signed by four EU member states, a letter asking for the setting up of a mechanism for the safeguarding of democratic values, was referring to Hungary, not to Romania, and expressed his displeasure with being mistaken for Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban.

The Romanian Premier made the statement for Adevarul Live, in the context in which he expressed the necessity for the European Union to establish clear standards for Romania when, for example, the issue of respecting the rule of law is raised, in situations when a “50 per cent plus one” vote is needed or when it comes to the official meant to represent the state at the Council meetings, namely the president or the prime minister.

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