Accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO is not on the agenda of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee because of an ongoing “social consultation,” writes Momentum politician Márton Tompos on his Facebook page. The party’s spokesperson and parliamentary deputy leader claimed that this was stated in a session of the Home Committee.
“We are hearing this lie now for the first time. Until now, they have not told us why there has been a delay,” said Márton Tompos, calling the “excuse” ridiculous. According to the opposition politician, this just confirms that the government views approving the two Nordic countries to join NATO as an opportunity to blackmail them.
On October 18, Telex found two files posted on the government’s website that contain the accession protocol, stating that, “The aim of this document is to initiate a social consultation and make the legislative process transparent.”
The documents do not indicate how long the consultation will take. Also provided is an e-mail address where comments can be sent: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sweden and Finland declared their intention to join NATO in June. Approval requires the support of all 30 member states, with 28 already having given the nod by the end of September.
Hungary and Turkey are the only holdouts left, despite the fact that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs submitted the relevant proposals to the Hungarian Parliament back in July. At the end of September, Telex received a response from the National Assembly that the proposals would be put on the agenda in the fall.
Opposition party MSZP proposed putting the topic on the agenda at the beginning of October, but MPs from the ruling Fidesz-KDNP parties rejected it. [Magyar Hang]