Orbán orders measures to ensure excessive deficit procedure is lifted

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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has asked the economy minister to work out steps to ensure the excessive deficit procedure against the country is lifted, the government spokesman said on Thursday. Orbán has asked Mihály Varga to prepare measures “in line with the government's economic and social policies, and which are also acceptable to the European Union,” András Giro-Szász said. The prime minister attended a board meeting of the ruling Fidesz party earlier on Thursday, focusing on necessary steps in connection with the EU procedure, the spokesman said. He added that the board unanimously rejected fiscal measures “preferred by the European Commission.” Measures which several countries have taken under European pressure are not compatible with the government's policies, the spokesman said and suggested that the government would not increase the burden on pensioners and wage-earners. The measures to be worked out by the economy minister should help Hungary leave behind the EU procedure and "the negative impacts of eight years of Socialist government" before the end of 2013, Giro-Szász said. The steps were announced later Friday.

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