EU Parliament Adopts Motion to Trigger Punitive Procedure Against Hungary

The procedure has been triggered under Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty; Hungary is accused by the block of impairing its values. This is the first time ever the European Union starts this kind of procedure against a bloc's state.

Some 448 members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the triggering the punitive measure against Hungary, with 197 voting against and 48 abstentions. The vote took place in the Strasbourg plenary session.
The procedure could result in Hungary being deprived of its voting rights in the Council of the European Union. The measure also opens the door for the sanctions against the country. Following the EU Parliament approval, the motion will pass to the leaders of the EU's 28-member states.
Speaking about the upcoming vote at the EU Parliament the day before, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban called it an act of revenge against the country for its refusal to take in refugees under an EU resettlement quota scheme.

Last year, the European Commission has started the same procedure against Poland over its judicial reforms.