EC to discuss infringement procedures against Hungary on March 7.

By bne IntelliNews March 6, 2012
The European Commission will decide on March 7 whether to continue legal actions against Hungary, Portfolio.hu reported, citing Viviane Reding, vice-president of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. The EC launched on January 17 infringement procedures against the country on violation of the EU law regarding the independence of the central bank, the retirement age of judges and the independence of the data protection authority. The government sent its reply within the one-month deadline and expressed readiness to correct some of the disputed legislation. However, the cabinet has reiterated its stance that the governors oath of office does not contravene the EU law. Hungary seeks also a compromise solution for the retirement age of judges. "The answers to the three infringement letters are much more vague," Reding said. In February 2012 the EC proposed to freeze EUR 495.2mn of EUs Cohesion Funds allocations to Hungary over the countrys excessive deficit.

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