The European Parliament on Wednesday 12 September 2018 voted overwhelmingly to trigger a sanctions procedure against Hungary over prime minister Viktor Orban’s challenge to EU rules and values on media freedom, migration and rule of law dating back several years. With the vote, the EP endorsed the report of Green MEP Judith Sargentini, which said recent developments in Hungary represent a systematic threat to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in the country and constitute a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values. In the unprecedented move, 448 MEPs voted in favour of launching the so-called ‘Article 7′ procedure, 197 against and with 48 abstentions, the EP referred Hungary to the other member states to check the health of the country’s democracy. (Source EUObserver)
Find here the final report of the European Parliament on the state of the Rule of Law in Hungary, the so-called ‘Sargentini Report’: European Parliament resolution of 12 September 2018 on a proposal calling on the Council to determine, pursuant to Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union, the existence of a clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values on which the Union is founded.