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EU money | B.Stefanov/

EU suspends over EUR two bn funds for Hungary

Apr 16, 2015

The European Commission has suspended the payment of funding in three priorities of Hungarian development programmes totalling about EUR 2.3 billion. Hungarian officials say a correction of up to 10% can be expected, adding that this amount will not necessarily be lost.

The construction of the M4 motorway in Hungary | János Bugány / MTI

Motorway construction suspended in Hungary

Apr 1, 2015

Hungarian government ministers have ordered an immediate halt to construction of the section of the M4 motorway between Abony and Fegyvernek in Eastern Hungary as they claim the European Commission had raised concerns over suspected cartel activity.

British Ambassador Jonathan Knott (on the left) and Hungarian State Secretary Béla Glattfelder opening 'BurEUcratia' in Budapestt | Krisztina Alföldi

'BurEUcratia' in Budapest calls for cutting EU red tape

Nov 7, 2014

A symbolic imaginary city, 'BurEUcratia', was erected in downtown Budapest to raise awareness of the need to cut EU red tape that hinders business growth and competitiveness in all EU member states, particularly hitting hard on small and medium size enterprises.

Jean-Claude Juncker |

Hungarian commissioner portfolio tweaked

Oct 22, 2014

European Parliament has approved the new EU commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker. The portfolio of the Hungarian commissioner, Tibor Navracsics, has been curtailed, no longer containing citizenship, but sport, alongside culture and education.

Hungarian EU Commissioner candidate Tibor Navracsics at his hearing before EP's Cultural Committee |

Navracsics rejected as EU Commissioner for Culture

Oct 6, 2014

European Parliament’s Culture Committee rejected the nomination of Hungarian candidate Tibor Navracsics as the new EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship due to his record in a government accused of curbing civic rights.

EU elections 2014 | Alexis Haulot/EU2014

Business as Usual?

Tamás Magyarics
Sep 12, 2014

As our international affairs analyst suggests, the future of the EU could be decided by 5 million Scots. In a recent analysis for Diplomacy & Trade, he looks at the possibilities of the 'yes' and 'no' outcomes of the September 17 Scottish referendum on independence.

Tibor Navracsics | Zsolt Burger / Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Minister Navracsics nominated as EU Commissioner

Jul 31, 2014

The Hungarian Prime Minister has nominated Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Tibor Navracsics to serve as Commissioner in the next European Commission (EC). Before the official announcement, Navracsics revealed his nomination on Twitter.

EU money |

EU puts on hold paying new bills to Hungary

Apr 28, 2014

The European Commission is not suspending the payment of development funds for Hungary, but for now, Brussels will only pay the bills submitted by 15 April until every question about the country’s new tendering system is clarified.

The Paks nuclear power plant | source:

EC gave no view on necessity of nuclear tender

Jan 16, 2014

The European Commission has not made any statement whether Hungary should have or should have not invited a tender for the construction of two new blocks for the country’s only nuclear power plant in Paks, a spokesperson of the EC pointed out.

Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi | Dávid Harangozó

Hungary in the EU, the EU in the world

Dec 12, 2013

There are always new challenges in the European Union, in addition to the old dilemmas - Foreign Minister János Martonyi said at the winners' ceremony of the competition entitled ‘Hungary in the European Union, the European Union in the World’.

Member of the European Parliament

EU Parliament condemns Hungarian government

Jul 3, 2013

The European Parliament says Hungarian authorities must remedy any breaches of key EU values swiftly. If they fail to do so, EP leaders should consider asking the Council of the EU to determine,whether there is a clear risk of a serious breach.

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