Slovak MEP Anna Záborská (Christian Democratic Movement (KDH)) said on Thursday, July 7, that she did not support a resolution in the European Parliament (EP) recommending that Hungary should revise its new constitution, the TASR newswire reported. According to Záborská, the EP exceeded its powers with the appeal.
"I don't think that I was alone in voting against the mainstream. The majority opinion - almost 100 percent of the European People's Party - was that we can't vote for the appeal, as it interferes in the powers of a nation state," Záborská said, adding that it's up to each state to choose the wording of its constitution, and approve it with a constitutional majority in parliament. She added that another KDH MEP, Miroslav Mikolášik, didn't vote for the resolution either, but abstained.
Záborská rejected a proposal submitted by the liberal and socialist factions which stated that a reference to maintaining the territorial integrity of Hungary's neighbours should be included in the constitution. "Hungary didn't indicate in the constitution that it would cast doubt on the borders of any of its neighbouring states. Hungary so far hasn't challenged either the borders or the sovereignty of its neighbouring states, so I view the recommendation as inappropriate," Záborská concluded.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Jul 2011 at 10:00