EU's Barroso to meet Hungary's Orban on legal issues next week

STRASBOURG, France Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:58am EST

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STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Tuesday the European Commission had decided to start legal proceedings against Hungary because of its failure to make changes to a raft of new laws governing its central bank, the judiciary and data protection authority.

"The college has just decided to launch infringement proceedings against Hungary on three issues: independence of the central bank, the retirement age of judges and the independence of the data protection authority," Barroso told reporters after a meeting of the EU's executive.

"We hoped the Hungarian authorities would make the changes necessary to respect European law. This has not happened so far, so we have decided to launch the proceedings."

An EU official said Hungary would now have one month to change the laws or be taken to the European Court of Justice, the EU's highest court. Barroso said he would meet Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on January 24th in Brussels to discuss the EU's concerns further.

Orban is due to address the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

(Writing by Luke Baker; reporting by Claire Davenport)

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Comments (3)
newsreader60 wrote:
The EU just started on a long road for self-destruction.

When EU politicians, out of political motivations (at the promptings of a disgraced and ineffective opposition in Hungary) try to dictate to a member state’s democratically elected government how to run its business, democracy is over.

When unelected financial sharks (foreign bank leaders) who are responsible for much of the current global financial crisis give ultimatums to a democratically elected government, democracy is over.

How this is any different from Moscow’s dictates during the Soviet era? Only the players are different, the methods are the same.

This is not democracy. This is a joke.

If this can be done with Hungary, it can be done with anyone else!

Jan 17, 2012 1:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Intriped wrote:
What is to negotiate? They just plain slapped the face of EU laws that they agreed to when they joined the EU. Eliminate them and move on, it will not hurt the rest of Europe because a nation of 10 million cannot organize themselves into a society with rules to follow for the common good.

Jan 18, 2012 3:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
Intriped wrote:
Hungary should never have been brought into the EU financial fold. Instead of them becoming an asset to the entire union and themselves, they have furthered the welfare cause for themselves. And to know that this country has a population of only 10 million people and cannot organize a good Bake Sale in the best of times but can write and pass laws that send them into communist era times as the USA is doing with the proposed SOPA internet legislation. I guess all the crazy conspiracy theorists have a point.

Jan 18, 2012 4:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
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