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Energy 01-07-2022

Hungary’s vast geothermal potential – untapped

Hungary sits on a huge geothermal basin and already has district heating infrastructure in place to deliver clean energy to citizens. And despite this, the government is making no effort to take advantage of it, experts say.
Global Europe 28-06-2022

Guess what? Hungary & Co. have no need for opt-out from Russian-oil ban

As the Kremlin cuts natural-gas deliveries to European Union countries, the EU should waste no time closing a loophole in its oil embargo against Russia, write Martin Vladimirov and Kostantsa Rangelova.
Energy 27-06-2022

Germany and five other EU countries commit to solidarity as blackouts loom

Germany, Austria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on risk preparedness and solidarity in the electricity sector as the danger of blackouts becomes more realistic in light of the dwindling energy supplies coming from Russia.
Global Europe 24-06-2022

No more EU sanctions on Russia needed, negotiations better option – Hungary

The European Union should stop adding sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine and instead push for a ceasefire and the start of negotiations, a senior aide to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Thursday (23 June).
Politics 17-06-2022

Hungarian license plates on the black market / ‘Putinism’ on the rise in the Balkans

This week we are talking about a new entry into the black market: Hungarian license plates. EURACTIV’s Network Editor Vlad Makszimov is here to help us understand why they are in high demand, the current gas prices in Hungary, and...
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2022

EU’s Breton tells Hungary to suspend discriminatory fuel prices

EU industry chief Thierry Breton on Wednesday (8 June) told Hungary to suspend discriminatory fuel pricing against vehicles with foreign licence plates or risk being taken to court, according to a European Commission letter seen by Reuters.
Energy 01-06-2022

Hungary celebrates EU Russia oil ban ‘victory’ – for now

Nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Tuesday (31 May) hailed Hungary's exemption from an EU Russian oil ban, but analysts warned he has only won more time and will need to adjust to the new reality.
Europe's East 30-05-2022

EU leaders back partial ban on Russian oil imports into the bloc

After several weeks of drawn-out negotiations mostly stalled by Hungary, EU leaders on Monday (30 May) struck a political compromise to ban seaborne imports of Russian oil by the end of the year, but fell short of a full embargo.
Europe's East 30-05-2022

EU summit unlikely to adopt Russia oil ban, will look at ‘the broader picture’

Attempts to negotiate a compromise to get Hungary to back a Russian oil ban before a EU summit later on Monday (30 May) have made no progress. Reportedly, leaders don't want to squabble and will look at "the bigger picture". 
Europe's East 27-05-2022

EU realistically in for the long-haul on Russian oil ban

Hungary is digging in its heels, and the prospect of the sixth sanction package against Russia, including a ban on imports of Russian oil, being approved before the EU summit on Monday (30 May) is decreasing, EURACTIV understands.
Europe's East 24-05-2022

No Russia oil embargo discussion at EU summit, says Hungary’s Orbán

Hungary will not drop its opposition to an EU embargo on Russian oil any time soon, and so EU leaders should not discuss the issue at next week’s summit in Brussels, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told European Council President Charles...
Europe's East 17-05-2022

EU reputation at stake as Hungary continues to block Russia sanctions

The EU has not found consensus on the new sanction package against Russia and an agreement could be still 'a week or two' away, EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell said on 17 May, as Hungary said it would not lift its veto.
Global Europe 16-05-2022

EU ministers urge Hungary to sign up to planned Russian oil embargo

EU foreign ministers sought to publicly pressure Hungary on Monday (16 May) to lift its veto on a proposed oil embargo on Russia, with Lithuania saying the bloc was being "held hostage by one member state".
Global Europe 06-05-2022

EU tweaks Russia oil sanctions plan in bid to win over reluctant states

The European Commission has proposed changes to its planned embargo on Russian oil to give Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic more time to prepare for the shift in their energy supplies, three EU sources said on Friday (6 May).
Global Europe 06-05-2022

Medvedev hails Orbán’s opposition to EU oil, religious figures sanctions

Former Russian President and current Deputy Chairman of Russia's Security Council Dmitry Medvedev praised Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's opposition to the proposed EU embargo of oil and sanctions targeting the leader of the Russian church.

MEPs blast French presidency for skipping EU debate on Hungary and Poland

European lawmakers across the political spectrum lashed out on Tuesday (3 May) at the French delegation heading the EU Council for not showing up at a long-delayed debate on the procedure against Hungary and Poland for their alleged breach of EU values. 
Europe's East 03-05-2022

Hungary shrugs off Ukrainian allegations it was warned of the war by Kremlin

Hungary dismissed as "fake news" allegations made by a high-level Ukrainian official that Budapest had been warned by Russian President Vladimir Putin of his intention to invade Ukraine and was even planning to annex part of its neighbour's territory.
Politics 27-04-2022

Hungary: Commission officially launches procedure linking bloc funds to rule of law

The European Commission has started the procedure against Hungary because of long-standing concerns over persistent misuse of EU funds in the country, the institution announced on Wednesday (27 April).
Europe's East 27-04-2022

EU inches forward on Russian oil ban as Germany, Hungary soften opposition

The two main opponents to a ban on Russian oil imports, Germany and Hungary, have softened their opposition to the move. EURACTIV looks at the options on the table and the state of play.
Elections 21-04-2022

Le Pen’s U-turn on EU policy is proving difficult to sell

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen insists she wants to remain in the EU and "deeply" reform it despite accusations that her programme is just a veiled "Frexit". EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 14-04-2022

‘Ever Closer’ Union or ‘Ever Stronger’ Union?

The 1648 Westphalia treaty stipulated that each state could choose its own religion and others would not interfere in its internal matters. This Westphalian approach is a way to live in peace and harmony with distant partners and among ourselves, writes Žiga Turk.
Europe's East 08-04-2022

EU funds to help Ukraine refugees are insufficient, frontline countries warn

Frontline EU countries receiving Ukrainian refugees are warning that the bloc's current approach of loosening rules that govern structural fund spending in order to finance the influx of those fleeing the war will be insufficient in the long run.
Europe's East 08-04-2022

Tensions mount between Ukraine and Hungary over Budapest’s Russia stance

Ukraine accused Hungary of undermining the unity of the European Union on Thursday  (7 Apil) and Budapest told Kyiv to stop meddling in its affairs, deepening a row between the neighbours over the Hungarian response to Russia’s invasion. Hungarian Prime...
Global Europe 06-04-2022

Breaking ranks with EU, Hungary ready to pay for Russian gas in roubles

Hungary said on Wednesday (6 April) it was prepared to pay roubles for Russian gas, breaking ranks with the European Union which has sought a united front in opposing Moscow’s demand for payment in the currency. Hungary will pay for...