We could think that she is being serious, as a few days ago, in the Council of Ministers she spoke about the need for enhanced EU protection. Well, it would be worthwhile for the Minister to speak to the MEPs of Fidesz with whom she, as a former Brussels assistant, certainly continues to maintain close contact.
In fact, in recent times, European politicians of the governing parties could have done a lot in many cases, for example, for the rights and protection of women, but they did the exact the opposite. The orange delegation, for example, abstained at the discussion of the McAvan-Šuica report, which advocated, inter alia, the assurance of the physical and mental well-being of girls and women, the promotion of economic and social rights and empowerment of girls and women.
They also abstained from the Arena-report, which addressed the issues of poverty and social exclusion of women. They abstained from the Kuneva-report, which dealt with the issue of severely vulnerable female domestic workers. They also abstained from the Council resolution urging Member States to take action against violence against women.
But they also abstained in the parliamentary vote on the UN report on women's rights, although they could have contributed to reducing the gender pay gap and the infrastructure, care and childcare disadvantages of women in rural areas. It is extremely sad that, while Viktor Orbán wants to reach a "comprehensive deal" with Hungarian women and preaches a "family-friendly government" at home on all fronts, Fidesz MEPs are quietly voting against family mothers and women in Brussels.
Dear Madam Minister, time to talk to your own! Every little image film, every poster crammed with smiling faces, every word is untrustworthy in this regard, until meaningful action remains nothing more than sneaky abstention. It is extremely regrettable that you are not even in favour of ratifying the Istanbul Convention on Violence Against Women as soon as possible, while the least you could do is convince Fidesz MEPs and their advisers to vote for women and not against them in the European Parliament in the future. Believe me, this would be a great achievement in itself. And you don't even need an image film for it.
After the Hungarian PM’s landmark speech in Tusványos in 2014, in which he proclaimed his desire to turn Hungary into an illiberal state, I pledged to draw the public’s attention to the transgressions of this regime in an open letter every week. This is the 230th time I ring the bells of alarm, as it still seems necessary. And also, because as a radical European Democrat, it is my duty to do so.
dr. István Ujhelyi
Member of the European Parliament
26 January, 2020