Hungary Says EU Concerns Can Be Easily Resolved


Salon Staff
January 18, 2012 8:36PM (UTC)

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Hungary plans to change the legislation that has raised European Union concerns about democratic rights in his country, EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday.

Barroso said he received a letter from Prime Minister Viktor Orban early Wednesday in which the Hungarian leader indicated "his intention to modify the relevant legislation and to work with the (EU) Commission."

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The letter was sent only hours before Orban faced stinging criticism from the European Parliament.

Orban said Hungary's new constitution is based on the core principles of the European Union but acknowledged that questions over the independence of the central bank and the judiciary are understandable.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Hungarian prime minister says that the key EU concerns on democratic rights in his country can be easily resolved.

Viktor Orban said Wednesday that Hungary's new constitution is based on the core principles of the EU but acknowledged questions over the independence of the central bank and the judiciary are understandable.

The EU Commission said Tuesday it had enough evidence to start legal proceedings against Hungary in three sectors — the judiciary, the central bank and the data protection office — where it sees democratic rights under threat.

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