Letter to Martin Schulz

To: European Parliament President Martin Schulz

Budapest, 3 September 2013

Dear Mr Schulz,
On 11 July 2013, we sent you a letter in the name of the Civil Union Forum (CÖF), the Civil Cooperation Conference (CET) and the Intellectual National Defence Movement, a related movement with thousands of members. Nearly two months have passed since that time, and we have not received any reply from you.

In our opinion, as the president of the European Parliament, i.e. the Union body most directly representing European citizens, you should reply to a letter received from the European citizens of a Member State, especially when it is signed by thousands.
Let us remind you of the three main points of our letter:
1.    The Tavares report’s findings about Hungary’s government and indirectly about Hungary are biased and reflect the use of double standard. In the name of the majority of Hungarian civil citizens, we reject this decision.
2.    We requested you to take action against the setting up of a so called Copenhagen Commission. This is because the one-sided aim of such a commission would be to bring charges against Hungary and to launch unsubstantiated investigations against a democratic state governed by the rule of law, which would reflect disappointing prejudice against our country.
3.    At the same time, counting on your support, we suggested that the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) should without delay carry out a thorough review of the fundamental law, the rule of law and the legal system in each Member State in the utmost detail, in order to check their compliance with European democratic standards. In contrast to examining solely Hungary day in and day out, such a comprehensive review would not only be the most democratic solution for safeguarding European values, but would also ensure that even the appearance of the use of double standard is avoided.
Let us ask you the following: do you agree that a comprehensive review covering all Member States and looking at countries on an individual basis would be the solution that best fits the EU and also represents the most democratic procedure driven by EU norms and values? Do you agree that focusing examination on one country is trespassing on EU norms and a discriminative procedure?
We hope and we are confident that you know the answer to this question, and therefore you can support our suggestions.
In this spirit, we are excited to receive as soon as possible your reply reflecting EU values and norms.
Kind regards,
In the name of CÖF-CET
and 5,000 members of the Intellectual National Defence Movement:

László Csizmadia            Tamás Fricz            Izabella Bencze
Chairman            Board Member        Board Member

Czizmadia Barbara

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