Hungary has moved to allay EU concerns over human rights in the country as MEPs prepare to debate the issue in Strasbourg, says BBC News.
Hungary's justice ministry is said to have proposed a motion - not yet passed by MPs - to curb the powers of a top legal official to send cases to certain courts, in a move that appears to address some of the concerns raised by the European commission.
Last week, commission president José Manuel Barroso wrote to Hungary's conservative prime minister Viktor Orbán warning that proposed constitutional amendments could be incompatible with EU standards and the principle of the rule of law.
Theparliament.com highlights comments from Greens co-leader Rebecca Harms who, speaking ahead of the debate in parliament, warned that the EU would "lose credibility" unless it acts against Hungary.
"It is no use the EU condemning such violations in other parts of the world if it stands idly by and does nothing against similar violations here in Europe," Harms said.