The top European Union court dismissed on Thursday Hungary's challenge against the opening in 2018 of a disciplinary procedure against Budapest for undermining democracy in the formerly communist country, APA reports citing Reuters.
Budapest had challenged on procedural grounds a European Parliament vote three years ago stating that Prime Minister Viktor Orban's policies were posing "a clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values on which the Union is founded."
EU lawmakers' decision could lead to a maximum, if unlikely, sanction of suspending Budapest's voting rights in the 27-nation bloc. Hungary sought to annul it.
But the Court of Justice of the European Union dismissed Hungary's case that the parliament had counted abstaining votes incorrectly, the latest in years of tussles between Orban and the bloc on democratic values.