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Deputy PM expects EU to launch three infringement procedures against Hungary

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Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics said Tuesday he expected the European Commission to launch three infringement procedures against Hungary, one on the independence of the central bank, another about the retirement age of judges and prosecutors and a third on the independence of the data protection.

"Indeed, as far as my information goes, infringement procedures will be launched in three issues," Navracsics said in response to a question on public television m1 in the morning.

Mr Navracsics said he talked on the phone with European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding on Monday, and they talked about all three issues.

The deputy PM, who is also Minister of Public Administration and Justice, said he believed that the government and the European Commission (EC) were close to find a solution with regard to Hungary’s new Central Bank Law and on the issue of data protection, while in the case of the justice there is "a genuine professional debate".

 If the EC wants Hungary to remove from the central bank law a section which states that the deputy governor would be appointed by the prime minister, then the Hungarian government will be "absolutely open" to discussions but they must understand that the government had some practical arguments, Navracsics said. It is a legitimate argument that the government should have a word in the operation of the central bank, keeping in mind that there is also a governor and another two deputies at the bank, he added.

The EC said last Wednesday that a decision would be made on Tuesday about the compatibility of certain Hungarian laws with EU laws.

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