The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE) held a public hearing on the human rights situation in Hungary on Thursday in Brussels.

The event was attended by Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács, who compared the event to a soap opera in which "not just the actors but even the scriptwriters have no idea what the piece should be about".

He insisted that the majority of subjects at the hearing had been thoroughly discussed with the relevant EU bodies and had been closed from a legal perspective and are now being cited for purely political reasons. He underlined that Hungary is one of the countries most thoroughly supervised by the European Union.

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The Spokesperson pointed out at the hearing that the Government cannot be regarded as authoritarian since it has won overwhelming support in three elections during the past year. With regard to civil society, he noted that out of the 80 thousand NGOs operating in Hungary, the Government has had disputes with perhaps a dozen organisations. In response to questions concerning the minorities living in Hungary, he said Hungarian legislation provides unparalleled support to these communities.

(Prime Minister's Office, MTI)