Here is an enjoyable quip from 2012, Brussels:
Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics: We, in the Hungarian Parliament take our job very seriously and I don’t feel the need to repeat ourselves but if you like, Madam Commissioner, I can repeat it for you: The Hungarian government wants to engage in cooperation. The Hungarian government has every interest in its legislation constitution being along with the Community acquis. Let me repeat something which I said to you on the phone or by email on a number of occasions: we think that it’s obvious that, in line with the agreement, we will take into account all the advice of the Council of Europe here but we legislate.
EU Commissioner and vice-president of the European Commission Neelie Kroes: I’m asking you not “taking into account”. I’m asking you accepting and implementing any concrete recommendation of the Council of Europe.
Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics: Provided these proposals do not run counter to the Hungarian constitutional and legislative acquis, yes.
(Laughter in the room)
EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes: That is different from what you were telling me in my office.
Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics: I beg your pardon, madam. No, madam. It’s not different. It’s exactly the same. I’m a Member of Parliament (of Hungary) and I swore allegiance to the Constitution of Hungary. I’m not saying the Council of Europe wants something which runs counter to our constitution but quite simply the Council of Europe cannot impose anything that runs counter to our constitution. Full stop. Thank you.