Prime minister Viktor Orban has meet the EU’s top brass in an effort to reach a deal over Hungary’s disputed constitution.
His visit to Brussels on Tuesday followed last week’s decision by the European Commission to launch legal action against Budapest. Speaking at the European Parliament Orban denied the new laws were undemocratic, but promised reforms.
“What is going on Hungary is consolidation politics! what we try to do is unify the people behind a social and economic program and not to split the society,” Orban said.
Budapest is under mounting political and economic pressure from the EU to reverse laws affecting Hungary’s central bank, judiciary and data protection. The International Monetary Fund has also refused to re-start talks on financial aid until Hungary reaches a deal with Brussels.
In addition, to the Commission’s proceedings EU finance ministers opened the way on Tuesday to freeze vital cohesion funds, a fact not lost on Hungary’s Finance minister György Matolcsy:
“We should work very closely with the Commission to improve our figures and make all the necessary decisions to achieve the below 6 percent of GDP budget figure for 2013,” he said.
Speaking from the EU Council euronews’ Raquel Garcia Alvarez said: ‘‘Hungary is not in the eurozone so the Commission is limited in the penalties it can impose. That’s why all the talk now is of suspending the money Hungary gets through the EU’s cohesion fund.’‘
Brussels has given Budapest a month to respond to its infraction proceedings.
Copyright © 2015 euronewsMore about:
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Exclusive: CIA and Mossad are behind Boko Haram and ISIL, says Sudan president | euronews, world news
- 3eurovibes - a selection of Europe’s best music talent
- 4English and Spanish among happiest languages | euronews, world news
- 5Exclusive: Tsipras promises meritocracy, transparency for Greece, urges Europe to put people first | euronews, world news
- 6Tens of thousands march in Moscow in memory of Boris Nemtsov | euronews, world news
- 7Indian rapist says women to blame for being sexually assaulted | euronews, world news
- 8International news | euronews, latest international news
- 9Watch: Ukraine MPs in fierce fist fight outside parliament | euronews, world news
- 10European Union News | euronews: latest breaking news and headlines about European Union
- 11Dramatic dashcam video captures Taiwan plane crash | euronews, world news
- 12Data ‘mocks’ claims migrants try for Europe ‘expecting’ sea rescue | euronews, world news
- 13Kosovo emptying out, hopes for independent future exhausted | euronews, world news
- 14‘Blue’ dress causes internet confusion. Is it white and gold? | euronews, world news
- 15Live updates: follow the 2015 Oscars ceremony | euronews, world news
- 16euronews apps : iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Nokia S40, Nokia Asha, Smart TV and Google Glass
- 17Handwriting and the digital age, time for change in schools? | euronews, learning world
- 18Implanted RFID chip controls office access for Stockholm workers | euronews, hi-tech
- 19London calling: why home-loving Hungarians are flocking to British capital | euronews, reporter
- 20Barack Obama’s silly Buzzfeed video goes viral | euronews, world news