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Hungarian gov't vs. EU

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EC Triggers Rule-Of-Law Mechanism Against Hungary

Apr 5, 2022

The European Commission has sent a formal notification to the Hungarian government to launch the so-called conditionality mechanism, which links the disbursement of EU funds to the rule of law, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced in Strasbourg on Tuesday at the European Parliament (EP) plenary session. As the Hungarian state news agency […]

Hungarian Veto on AEGON Group Acqusition Unjustified

Feb 21, 2022

The European Commission has concluded that Hungary's decision to veto the acquisition of the Hungarian subsidiaries of the AEGON Group by Vienna Insurance Group AG Wiener Versicherung Gruppe (VIG) breached Article 21 of the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR), which confers upon the Commission exclusive competence for concentrations having Union dimension. According to the European Commission, […]

EC Vice President Frans Timmermans | Georges Boulougouris/EU 2017

EC to examine Hungarian gov'nt policies

Apr 12, 2017

The European Commission (EC) is to examine whether the recently enacted amendment to the Hungarian higher education law complies with the fundamental values of the European Union. The EC will also look into policies directed against the EU.

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Eurostat doubts numbers provided by Hungary

Oct 21, 2016

Eurostat is maintaining the reservation on the quality of the data reported by Hungary in relation to the sector classification of Eximbank which needs to be reclassified inside the general government sector resulting in an increase in government debt.

Invalid referendum in Hungary

Oct 3, 2016

Only about 43,5% of the over eight million people eligible to vote cast a NO vote at a referendum to the government's question allowing EU quotas for migrants' settlement into Hungary, therefore, the result is invalid as the validity limit is 50%.

Illegal migrants at Budapest's Keleti railway station in the summer of 2015 - will there be legal migrants in Hungary? | Dávid Harangozó

Anti-quota referendum date set

Jul 5, 2016

Hungarian President János Áder has set the date for the government-initiated referendum on the EU’s mandatory migrant quota scheme for October 2. Opposition parties call for a boycott as they consider it a vote against EU membership.


EU to investigate Hungarian PM's vintage railway

Jun 20, 2016

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is facing accusations of fraudulently using EUR two million of EU funding after he opened a vintage railway between his two childhood villages, the British newspaper 'The Telegraph' reports.


Hungarian govn't in dispute with Eurostat

Apr 6, 2016

The Hungarian government is in a professional dispute with Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical office, over lending by Eximbank, Hungarian Economy Minister Mihály Varga is quoted by the financial website

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Hungarian gov't to wait until EC probe on Paks 2

Mar 21, 2016

Until the conclusion of the probe the European Commission (EC) is currently conducting in the issue of possible distortions of competition, the Hungarian government will not draw from a EUR 10 billion loan facility provided by Russia.

Refugees at the Risza river near Szeged | Zoltán Gergely Kelemen / MTI

Hungarian gov't suspends EU asylum rule

Jun 23, 2015

The Hungarian government decided to suspend the the application of Regulation (EU) No 604/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council (Dublin III), which requires an EU country to take back refugees who have travelled from it to another EU country.


New EU infringement proceedings against Hungary

Jul 16, 2014

The European Commission opened infringement proceedings against Hungary last week over the country’s new electronic toll collection (ETC) system and the unsatisfactory implementation of several EU directives, the MTI news agency reports.

Tax-free home-made pálinka contradicts EU law

Apr 10, 2014

It is inconsistent with the regulations of the European Union that Hungary made it possible to distill 50 liters of pálinka (a fruit brandy) per year without the payment of excise duty. The Hungarian government tries to settle the issue with the EU.


EU Court rules against Hungary on judges’ age

Nov 6, 2012

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the radical lowering of the retirement age for Hungarian judges constitutes unjustified discrimination on grounds of age. The Hungarian Constitutional Court already deemed this law unconstitutional in July this year.


European Commission to end one debate with Hungary

Apr 26, 2012

The European Commission is ready to close the infringement procedure against Hungary concerning issues related to the central bank, paving the way for talks to begin on IMF/EU financial aid, the Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

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