Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, March 12, 2013)


Hungary – Adoption of proposed constitutional amendments by the Hungarian Parliament (March 11, 2013)

France is attached to ensuring full compliance, by all members of the European Union, with the Union’s treaties, Charter of Fundamental Rights, and values, in particular the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.

Questions have recently been raised, notably by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, with respect to the proposed constitutional amendments adopted by the Hungarian Parliament on March 11.

Following the adoption of these amendments, the Council of Europe and the European Commission, the guardian of the Treaties, expressed their concern and indicated their intention to conduct a detailed examination of the compatibility of these amendments with European law and principles.

France shares these concerns and lends its full support to the Commission and the Council of Europe in their efforts to complete this work.