2021.09.28 13:20

EU silence on Lithuania's migration policies show 'double standards', says Hungarian minister

LRT.lt2021.09.28 13:20

EU’s approval of Lithuania’s migration policies show double standards applied in regards to Budapest, Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga claimed on Monday.

In a post on Facebook, she said the European Union has not criticised the recent amendments to Lithuania’s migration legislation, despite having similar provisions as the laws in Hungary.

“It is interesting that precisely in relation to the same rules, the Court of Justice of the European Union has already found a violation of Hungary,” she said. “Yet nowhere is there a letter of formal notice from the Commission or a dirty word against the Lithuanian measures.”

The legislation passed in August limits migrant rights in Lithuania and was criticised by the president and various NGOs in the country, as well as international organisations.

Varga did not clarify which part of the amendments is similar to the laws in Hungary.

Since 2015, the European Commission has launched several infringement prodecudres against Budapest over its changes to the asylum system.

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