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European Commission reviews plaza ban

The European Commission is reviewing Hungary's ban on construction of big shopping centers, daily Népszabadság said on Saturday.

The Commission is scrutinizing the ban to determine whether it is in line with European Union directives on the free movement of people and services among member states.

The Commission did not tell the paper at which stage the review stands, but Népszabadság said EU authorities are likely being informed about the legislation and the way it is being implemented.

Parliament approved a ban on the construction of retail spaces over 300 square meters effective January 1 this year. The ban is in place until the end of 2014.

A committee with members delegated by Hungary's Economy Ministry and Rural Development Ministry may grant exemptions from the ban.