Jobbik delegate slams failed attempt to exclude him from Council of Europe

Tamas Gaudi-Nagy on Tuesday said an initiative to withdraw his accreditation to the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly — which has been rejected — had been a political attack against him and against Hungary as a whole.

All European citizens who “do not conceive the present and future of Europe in line with the will and ideas of certain opinion-makers” have been attacked, Gaudi-Nagy told MTI over the phone.

On Monday Italian EPP deputy Fiamma Nirenstein requested an official review of the accreditation of Gaudi-Nagy and a Greek Golden Dawn lawmaker. She argued that their presence in the assembly may run contrary to the values of CoE, such as promoting human rights, democracy and tolerance.

Gaudi-Nagy said the initiative challenged two fundamental values of the CoE: democratic elections and freedom of expression.

The house committee rejected the initiative, he noted, adding that his accreditation could only have been withdrawn if his nomination had violated procedural laws, had failed to declare his acceptance of CoE values or the composition of those delegated had not reflected power relations in Hungary.