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Hungary PM pledges presidency will fulfill tasks

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán pledged that Hungary would fulfill all tasks of the European Union's presidency including the protection and strengthening of the euro.

Orbán told a press conference following a ceremonial session in parliament marking the country's takeover of the six-month presidency that Hungary's presidency will be successful if the amendment of its fundamental charter is completed in the six months ahead and if the six pieces of legislation aimed at crisis management are approved.

Hungary will keep its budget deficit below 3% of GDP in 2011 and will reduce its state debt, Orbán said.

Orbán said the key topics of the presidency will be improved fiscal rigor, enlargement in the EU, energy security and a Roma strategy.

Hungary's presidency can take Europe one step closer to better competitiveness, he added. (MTI – Econews)