06 Jun 2019
An opposition politician has collected 680,000 signatures to push for Hungarian membership of a planned European Union prosecutor’s office (EPPO), a step rejected by Budapest’s eurosceptic nationalist government.
Due to be launched in 2020, the EPPO will be geared to investigating and pressing criminal charges in cases crossing borders of the EU, particularly fraud and corruption affecting the bloc’s budget. Twenty-two of the EU’s 28 member countries are participating in the EPPO so far.
“This (petition) action is a protest,” opposition politician Akos Hadhazy, a pro-EU liberal and anti-graft campaigner, said in a statement, thanking 26,000 activists who helped him collect the signatures, which have yet to be authenticated.
“Now it’s up to EU institutions to increase pressure on the Hungarian government, unless they want European taxpayers to finance a regime that openly works against the EU.”
Hungary has a population of about 10 million people. The signatures were gathered with the help of liberal and left-wing opposition parties.
By Marton Dunai, Reuters, 5 June 2019
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