About: Hungarian EU Presidency

Central Europe 06-07-2011

Hungarian EU Presidency slithers through last debate

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán appeared before the European Parliament yesterday (5 July) in a debriefing exercise with MEPs after the end of the Hungarian EU Presidency. He was commended by political allies for his steering of the EU, but was also strongly criticised by many others for his handling of domestic affairs.
Euro & Finance 10-06-2011

EU moving towards deal on derivatives crackdown

The European Union is moving closer to a deal on its derivatives crackdown that could risk confrontation with the US, which has warned it is straying from an agreed global approach.
Public Affairs 24-05-2011

Hungary scores EU points with schnapps machine

Hungary, which holds the European Union's rotating presidency, has used every tool in diplomacy to impress visiting EU officials. The most memorable touch, however, may be a parting shot of fruit brandy. 
Global Europe 03-05-2011

Hungary alone in waving EU flag in Tripoli

Of all EU countries' embassies in Libya, only Hungary has a diplomatic presence in Tripoli and provides information to the EU. The European Commission told EURACTIV that the situation on the ground was "very difficult" and that the EU was "paying tribute" to the Hungarian Presidency for the work they are doing.

Denmark against early Schengen enlargement too

Danish MEPs across party lines have asked their government to back France and Germany in their opposition to the early accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the EU's Schengen borderless area. Dnevnik, EURACTIV's partner in Bulgaria, reports.
Central Europe 15-04-2011

At presidency midterm, Orbán denounces EU ‘absurdities’

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán presented in Brussels yesterday (14 April) his country's accomplishments halfway through its EU presidency. Pre-empting tough questions on Hungarian internal politics, Orbán lashed out at some of Europe's "absurdities".
Central Europe 07-04-2011

Hungary moves closer to eurozone opt-out

By awarding the forint the status of the only legal tender in Hungary, the country's ruling supermajority appears to be opting out from the euro zone. EURACTIV Hungary reports.
Central Europe 30-03-2011

New Hungarian constitution slithers through EU hearing

Feeble disapproval was voiced at a presentation of Hungary's draft new constitution in the European Parliament yesterday (29 March), with the organisers – from Hungary's ruling centre-right parties – benefiting from the absence of socialist MEPs.
Future EU 24-03-2011

Hungary’s new constitution: Family friendly, hostile to gays

Its authors may have dubbed it "a constitution for the 21st Century" but the final text of the new Hungarian constitution, due to be adopted next month, appears to be a eulogy to the country's Christian roots and past greatness.
Central Europe 10-03-2011

‘iPad constitution’ poses challenge to Hungary

The new Hungarian constitution will be ready on 15 March and will be adopted a month later, its main author, centre-right MEP József Szájer – who wrote part of it on his iPad – told EURACTIV in an interview. The country's opposition claims the procedure for adopting the new constitution is illegitimate and the controversy could impact upon the Hungarian EU Presidency.
Future EU 02-03-2011

Philosopher sparks Hungarian clash in European Parliament

The centre-right Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán is "criminalising 20 years of democratic transition in the country," a prominent Hungarian philosopher told the European Parliament yesterday (1 March).  MEPs close to the Orbán government denounced the speaker as "a liar".
Future EU 17-02-2011

Brussels happy with Hungary’s pledges on media law

The European Commission welcomed yesterday (16 February) the amendments that Hungary has pledged to make to its controversial media law, seeking to draw to a close an episode that has poisoned the beginning of the Hungarian EU Presidency. EURACTIV Hungary contributed to this article.
Future EU 15-02-2011

Orbán says Hungary made its critics look ‘ridiculous’

Hungary has made international critics of its media law look "ridiculous" and shown that it will not take orders from abroad, including from the EU, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said yesterday (14 February). Hungary is the current holder of the EU's six-month rotating presidency.
Public Affairs 01-02-2011

Hungary told to amend three elements of media law

The stand-off between the European Commission and rotating EU presidency holder Hungary this week entered an appeasement phase, after Budapest indicated it was ready to make changes to its controversial media law. Brussels said it wanted three elements of the text modifying.
Future EU 20-01-2011

Hungarian PM receives frosty reception in Strasbourg

Members of the European Parliament gave a frosty reception to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán yesterday (19 January) in Strasbourg, where he came to deliver the traditional presentation of his country's EU presidency programme.
Public Affairs 19-01-2011

Parliament scales down Hungary media law debate

A European Parliament debate over Hungary's controversial media law, scheduled to take place at a Strasbourg plenary, had to be rescheduled in a smaller room after the EU assembly's two biggest political groups voted against the plan.
Development Policy 13-01-2011

Liberal MEPs initiate Hungarian Presidency boycott

MEPs from the European Parliament's liberal ALDE group have called for the venue of a meeting to be changed from Budapest to Brussels, as a sign of protest against a controversial media law recently adopted in Hungary, the country holding the rotating EU presidency.
Future EU 12-01-2011

Kroes: Commission ‘not shy’ on Hungarian media law

Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes said yesterday (11 January) that the European Commission would not make any compromise and would make sure EU law is implemented fully in the case of the controversial Hungarian media law.
Future EU 11-01-2011

This is Hungary’s real democratic revolution, says MEP

The Hungarian government is in fact bringing real democratic change to the country – something that didn't happen 20 years ago, Hungarian MEP György Schöpflin of the ruling Fidesz party told EURACTIV in an interview..

Schengen confusion under Hungarian stewardship

The accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the border-free Schengen space has been postponed, a Hungarian minister announced yesterday (6 January). After a nervous reaction from Bucharest, the statement was soon denied by the Hungarian authorities, who hold the EU's rotating presidency. EURACTIV's network reports.
Public Affairs 06-01-2011

Barroso: Media freedom is ‘our sacred principle’

Media freedom is "a sacred principle" of the European Union, José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, stated ahead of a visit alongside all his commissioners to EU presidency holder Hungary. Budapest is under fire over a controversial media law adopted recently.
Public Affairs 05-01-2011

France blasts Hungarian media law

France said yesterday (4 January) that a new media law passed by Hungary, which took up the EU's rotating presidency on 1 January, violated EU laws on press freedom, and called on other members of the bloc to take action against it.
Future EU 04-01-2011

Brussels and Budapest lock horns

Controversial legislation recently adopted by Hungary's ruling majority has apparently been straining relations with the European Commission since the country took over the rotating EU presidency at the beginning of the year.
Central Europe 23-12-2010

EU speechless over Hungary’s contentious media law

The European Commission took a cautious stance Wednesday (22 December) over a controversial "media constitution" in Hungary that has been heavily criticised for restricting press freedom in the country taking up the EU's rotating six-month presidency. EURACTIV.hu contributed reporting from Budapest.