The annual EU fundamental rights report has become a tool for pressure

2019. 01. 23.

Press Release by Kinga Gál
On its January plenary session, the European Parliament adopted its annual report on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU. For the most part, the text extends the rights of migrants and related obligations of the Member States as well as rule-of-law procedures. “It is outrageous that while the document devotes seven paragraphs to the ‘fundamental rights’ of illegal migrants, it does not even mention the situation of European national minorities”, highlighted Kinga Gál (Fidesz), Vice-President of the LIBE Committee.
The report is unacceptable as it extends beyond its competences in encouraging Member States to issue so-called humanitarian, but in reality migrant visas, to establish legal migration routes in Europe, and to support the activities of NGO vessels operating in the Mediterranean, through which illegal migrants are transported to Europe in large numbers. At the same time, the report condemns those Member States that do not allow illegal migrants to enter their territory.
By making the admission of migrants a condition of rule of law, the adopted text proves that, in the view of Brussels, Member States supporting immigration meet the rule-of-law criteria, while Member States that are opposed to immigration do not. Therefore, the fundamental rights report is no longer about fundamental rights, but it has become a tool of the EP’s pro-migration majority to exert pressure on Member States.