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Gov’t lashes out at critics

The Hungarian Foreign Ministry has released a strongly-worded statement rebutting the tumult of criticism coming the country’s way for its controversial media law and crisis taxes that are seen as discriminatory against foreign companies.

According to the document Hungary firmly rejects any opinion questioning its capabilities as well as calls that its jurisdiction during the half-year EU presidency, which officially starts today, should be limited.

The ministry stressed that the problematic media bill has been officially translated into English – even though certain paragraphs are missing compared to the original – and that it has been sent to the European Commission and all diplomatic institutions accredited to Budapest.

The government is awaiting the results of the investigation the European Commission is to conduct based on the text, but until then it will continue implementing its strategy for the presidency, the statement said. (BBJ)