About: Viktor Orbán

Global Europe 23-09-2015

Orbán: If Greece cannot defend its borders, let others do it

If the Greeks are not able to defend their own borders […], let the other countries of the European Union defend their borders,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Wednesday (23 September).
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Energy 25-02-2015

Šef?ovi? hopes to convince Orbán to disclose energy agreements

On Wednesday (February 25th) the European Commission launched its Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union. One of the key elements of the Energy Union is that member states’ energy deals with non-EU nations should be scrutinised on a mandatory basis by the European Commission before they are signed. Russia has always insisted that those deals are confidential.
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Digital 31-10-2014

EU welcomes Orban’s scrapping of Internet tax

The European Commission on Friday welcomed Hungary's decision of scrapping plans to impose a tax on Internet traffic.
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Digital 28-10-2014

Commission: Hungary’s internet tax is ‘a terrible idea’

The European Commission said on Tuesday that Hungary's plans of introducing a tax on internet transfers "is a terrible idea" that "curbs freedom and won't work".
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Digital 28-07-2014

Media freedom under threat in Hungary, Kroes says

EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes lashed out at the Hungarian government on Monday, accusing the center-right ruling party of “censoring” media freedom.
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27-05-2014

Orban: No automatic connection between the outcome of the election and the nomination

On his arrival at the European Council building in Brussels on Tuesday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that there should not be an 'automatic connection between the outcome of the election and the nomination'.
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Central Europe 03-07-2013

Viktor Orban angry at EU’s criticism of Hungary’s democratic values

In an unusual visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban launched a sharp attack on MEPs after they criticized the state of democracy in Hungary. Orban strongly defended his government's record as the Parliament presented a report calling Budapest to remove constitutional changes that some claim limit democracy and basic rights in Hungary. He called the report 'politically motivated' and a 'threat to Europe'.
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Future EU 18-04-2013

Commission accuses Hungary of transgressions

The European Commission accused Hungary of nonconformity with EU legislation and breaches of the rule of law during a plenary debate in the European Parliament yesterday (17 April), in the presence of the country’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
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Future EU 13-03-2013

MEPs debate on the new Hungarian constitutional changes

Hungary's decision to change its constitution and limit the power of its top court is a forthright challenge to the European Union, and the uncomfortable truth in Brussels is that little can be done to rein Budapest in quickly.
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Future EU 11-03-2013

EU warns Hungary on new constitutional changes

Brussels has threatened to launch legal action against Hungary if the Hungarian Parliament approves constitutional changes that critics say will limit citizens' freedoms. The Hungarian parliament, which is controlled by the ruling center-right party Fidesz, is set to vote on the amendments on Monday. The changes could affect higher education, electoral law and family law.
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Central Europe 31-01-2013

Hungary’s Orban urges end to EU deficit procedure

In a snap visit to Brussels, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Wednesday urged EU officials to ease pressure on Budapest and recognize the country's efforts to cut its excessive deficit. Orban wants Hungary to be removed from the EU's excessive deficit procedure, which Budapest is under since it joined the EU in 2004. The procedure forces countries to keep their deficits below 3% of GDP.
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Central Europe 22-02-2012

EU to cut Hungary funds over excessive deficit

The European Commission said on Wednesday that it plans to suspend 495 million euros in Cohesion Funds from Hungary as the country has failed to reduce its deficit. It is the first time Brussels decides to withhold development funds, which are destined to support infrastructure projects in the EU's poorer regions.
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Central Europe 12-01-2012

Barroso warns Hungary it needs to comply with EU laws

The European Union will make sure that Hungary complies with all the bloc's laws, the head of the bloc's executive promised on Thursday. Hungary's conservative government is under fire for a series of new laws and constitutional amendments which critics say unduly concentrate powers on a range of matters - from finances to election law - with the administration.
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Central Europe 05-01-2012

Hungary’s new constitution, media law triggers EC nerves

An EU official has warned that talks with Hungary over emergency funding could be frozen and the country faces possible legal action if its controversial new constitution breaches European treaties. Full story at http://www.euractiv.com/euro-finance/hungary-face-bailout-freeze-legal-action...