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EU executive chief concerned Hungary emergency measures go too far

by Reuters
Thursday, 2 April 2020 10:45 GMT

BRUSSELS, April 2 (Reuters) - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed concern on Thursday that coronavirus restriction measures taken by Hungary went too far and insisted they should be limited in time and subject to scrutiny.

Hungary's parliament on Monday granted Prime Minister Viktor Orban an open-ended right to rule by decree and introduced jail sentences for anyone hindering measures to curb the spread of the virus or spreading false information about the pandemic.

"I am concerned that certain measures go too far and I am particularly concerned about the situation in Hungary," von der Leyen told a news conference on Thursday.

"These emergency measures have to be limited to what is necessary, they have to be strictly proportionate because they have to be adequate in this situation, they should not last indefinitely and very importantly they should be subject to regular scrutiny," she continued. (Reporting by Jan Strupczewski, Marine Strauss and Philip Blenkinsop)

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