Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hungary PM Orban fights back in European Parliament

Hungary's PM Viktor Orban has told a sceptical European Parliament that his government's legal dispute with the EU can be resolved swiftly.

He was speaking a day after the EU Commission launched legal proceedings.

Hungary's government plans to review its new laws on the central bank, the judiciary and data protection authority in light of the Commission's concerns.

The Commission says new Hungarian laws that took effect this month have put those bodies' independence at risk.

Left-of-centre MEPs have sharply criticised Hungary's prime minister, a conservative.

In a short speech to the Strasbourg parliament, Mr Orban said he was engaged in "restructuring of enormous scope and importance" in Hungary and "it is understandable there are debates about that". Read More