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.
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.
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.
With the Hungarian EU presidency in the first half of 2011, followed by the Polish in the second half, the Union will live a "Central Europe Presidency year," Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi said.
Budget talks, farm reform and economic governance top the agenda of Hungary's EU presidency, but the country's six-month stint at the bloc's helm has been overshadowed by criticism of a controversial media law adopted by Budapest.
The Belgian EU Presidency has been a success and is an example for the incoming Hungarians, while the Lisbon Treaty has brought the rotating presidency back to basics, write Steven Van Hecke and Peter Bursens from the Research Group on European and International Politics at the University of Antwerp in an exclusive commentary for EURACTIV.
The European Union should decide on a crisis mechanism swiftly and modify the bloc's treaty but this must not impede Croatia's accession process, Hungary's top EU affairs official said on Thursday (18 November).
Hungary, which takes over the European Union's rotating presidency in January, sees little appetite for substantial changes to the EU's guiding treaty, its European affairs minister said yesterday (26 October).
Hungary will focus on economic recovery and Roma integration when it takes over the rotating presidency of the European Union in January, State Secretary for EU Affairs Eniko Gyori said on Sunday (26 September).
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