In a draft resolution approved by five European Parliament committees before passing to the full plenary, MEPs expressed concern for a number of European values - enshrined in the European treaties ratified by all member states upon joining - that have been allegedly under attack in Hungary.
MEPs will tomorrow vote on a report calling for the triggering of Article 7 of the European Union treaty - a little-used legal procedure which could ultimately see Hungary's European Union voting rights suspended.
"Hungary will protect its borders, stop illegal migration and defend its rights", said Orban, who embraces a vision of a Christian Europe and opposes an influx of Muslims and others.
To become the first-ever case of the European Parliament asking EU capitals to launch the punitive mechanism against one of their own, it must win the backing of at least 376 lawmakers and two thirds of the votes cast.
In his address, Timmermans added that the Commission "will not hesitate to take further action if necessary" should Orban refuse to comply with the Parliament's eventual ruling onceSargentini's report is reviewed by the MEPs. - These sanctions should be specifically directed against the Hungarian government.
Orban has for years deflected much of the global condemnation of Hungary's electoral system, media freedoms, independence of the judiciary, mistreatment of asylum-seekers and refugees and limits on the functioning of non-governmental organizations.
The vote is a response to the actions of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has disparaged independent media, academics, the courts, minorities and refugees. "The Hungarian people deserve better".
But the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, launched similar steps under article seven against Poland in December previous year over its alleged threat to the independence of the courts.
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Orban said that political sanctions being considered against Hungary would be the first time in the European Union that "a community condemns its own border guards".
Geert Wilders, the leader of the Dutch anti-immigration Freedom Party, called the vote - which also weighed on Hungarian assets - "a bloody shame".
Accused of infringing on the fundamental values of the EU and referred to in this connection by a procedure unique to the european Parliament, the Hungarian Prime minister-national conservative Viktor Orban, member of the EPP group, has denounced Tuesday in Strasbourg, any "blackmail" aimed at making it deviate from its uncompromising position towards migrants.
"Be responsible for corruption should the Hungarian government and not the Hungarian people".
Polish politician Michal Boni said a vote on article 7, the law that would suspend Hungary's voting rights, was needed to "pour cold water on hot populist heads". But Orban remained steadfast that his policies wouldn't change.
"Democracy in our member states and in our European Union can not exist without the rule of law", Timmermans said, and went on to list concerns about fundamental rights, corruption in Hungary and the treatment of migrants.
Opposition to Orban's vision does not just come from the left, with disquiet also in the main centre-right parliamentary group, the European People's Party (EPP). "They made it clear that human rights, the rule of law and democratic values are not up for negotiation", said Berber Biala-Hettinga, Amnesty International's expert on human rights in the EU.
The motion against Orban's Hungary goes well beyond the migration issue.