The European Parliamentʼs Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on Monday approved a report that notes the “existence of a clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values on which the Union is founded.” The report calls for the launch of an Article 7 procedure against Hungary.
The recently adopted anti-migrant package of laws known under the name Stop Soros, in reference to Hungarian-born investor George Soros, continues to elicit strong criticism. Following harsh words from human rights organizations, international institutions expressed their concerns over the legislation.
Hungarian lawmakers pointedly chose the occasion of World Refugee Day, June 20, to approve controversial legislation that makes the promotion and support of illegal immigration a punishable criminal offense. International organizations expressed severe criticism of the law, calling for legal action against Hungaryʼs government.
The Hungarian Parliament will debate on Tuesday the draft bill dubbed “Stop Soros.” The stated aim of the law - named in reference to Hungarian-born financier George Soros and his alleged plan to relocate refugees across Europe - is to defend national sovereignty and prohibit the relocation of any foreign population to Hungary, the government insists.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó met U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Wednesday. Statements released after the meeting indicated differing views on a number of current issues.
The government submitted a modified version of a bill intended to crack down on NGOs that allegedly support illegal migration to Parliament on Wednesday. The UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is among those urging Hungary to scrap the draft law.
Hungaryʼs new government will continue to reduce the payroll tax and increase tax preferences for families with two children, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his weekly interview on public radio on Friday, commenting on key elements of next yearʼs budget.
The European Commission (EC) addressed a warning to Hungary Wednesday regarding “the existence of a significant deviation from the adjustment path toward the medium-term budgetary objective in 2017.” The Commission also made several recommendations.
A. Wess Mitchell, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, visited Hungary Thursday and met with Hungarian government officials as well as members of civil society, says a statement released by the United States Embassy in Budapest.
The European Parliamentʼs Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) has expressed serious criticisms regarding the situation in Hungary in areas of its concern. A similar position was expressed last month by the EP Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).
Several ministerial nominees outlined their plans before parliamentary committees this week. These include further cutting taxes, bringing more foreign investments to Hungary, and the expansion of irrigated farmlands, national news agency MTI reported.
With the announcement of the departure of the Open Society Foundations from Budapest, the Central European University (CEU) is reaffirming its determination to remain in Budapest and to fulfill its teaching and research mission in the city that has been its home for the past 26 years, says a statement released by CEU today.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in Budapest Friday, telling his guest at a joint press conference after the meeting that Hungary can learn much from Colombiaʼs efforts to make its economy one of the most competitive in the world.
Hungarian lawmakers re-elected Viktor Orbán as prime minister on Thursday. He was elected for his third consecutive term with a vote of 134 ayes and 28 nays. In a speech afterward, Orbán said his Fidesz government was thinking in terms of planning for the next 12 years.
At a confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, David B. Cornstein, President Donald Trumpʼs nomination for ambassador to Hungary, said he will focus on promoting American values and advancing U.S. economic interests in Hungary.
The Prime Ministerʼs Office will take on new tasks and be expanded in Hungaryʼs new government, Gergely Gulyás, who takes charge of the portfolio from János Lázár, said in an interview with news site mandiner.hu, cited by national news agency MTI.
Hungaryʼs GDP growth is set to stay around 4% in the coming years, according to the countryʼs latest Convergence Program posted on the website of the European Commission, as reported by national news agency MTI.
The European Commission has unveiled a proposed mechanism to protect the EU budget from financial risks linked to "deficiencies regarding the rule of law" in member states. The mechanism would allow the EU to "suspend, reduce or restrict access" to EU funding "in a manner proportionate to the nature, gravity and scope of the rule of law deficiencies."
The roll-call of new members of the fourth government to be formed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán - and third in succession - has been finalized, online news portal index.hu reported Friday afternoon, citing Orbánʼs press chief Bertalan Havasi. Hungaryʼs new government will take shape in the weeks following the opening session of Parliament, set for May 8.
A number of MEPs strongly criticized the situation in Hungary at a meeting of the European Parliamentʼs Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on Thursday. Presenting a draft report, Judith Sargentini of the Greens said LIBE is reviewing the extent to which Hungarians are able to exercise their fundamental rights, and how the state is dealing with its citizens.
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