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EC still has "serious concerns" about Hungary constitutional amendment

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The European Commission "continues to have serious concerns" about the conformity of the fourth amendment to Hungary's constitution, a Commission spokesman said at a regular press briefing on Friday. Commission spokesman Olivier Bailly said the Commission had sent three "administrative letters" to Hungary on issues pertaining to the amendment. Hungary has one month to respond to the letters, after which the EC could decide to take further steps, "including, if necessary", an infringement procedure, he added. The administrative letters concern changes to the constitution that mandate the state to levy targeted taxes to cover any payment obligations resulting from rulings by the European Court of Justice, that restrict campaign advertising, and that allow the transfer of cases from one court to another, Bailly said. The EC expects "full clarity" on the issues in a month, he added.

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