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Hungary: Orban Rejects Criticisms

Published: March 15, 2013; 13:02 · (Vindobona)

After making amendments to the Hungarian constitution, Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his leading Fidezs party have to face harsh criticisms. EU Justice Commissoner Viviane Reding announced to take measures.

Hungary: Orban Rejects Criticisms / Picture: © Wikipedia / Markus Prantl

Orban keeps on rejecting the disapprovals coming from other European leaders and institutions. At a EU summit in Brussels he stated there were no indications that the amendments made to the constitution would undermine the Hungarian democracy and refered to other institutions and procedures.

The alterations to the constitutional law have been critized by many European countries and abroad and regarded as restrictions of democratic rights and press freedom. The new constitution amendments also make room for restrictive new regulations in higher education, vagrancy, electoral law and family law. Since returning to the parliament in 2010, Orban has disregarded EU basic principles and values such as media freedom and the independence of the central bank. His party has resisted demands by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to adjust economic policies in order to enhance economic growth and irritates foreign investors by imposing additional conditions on them.

EU Justice Commissoner Viviane Reding threatens to take measures which could result in cutting EU payments or voting limitations, referring to Article 7 of the EU Treaty. “The Commission will examine Orban's constitutional changes and their consequences," she stated. "You don't play around with the constitution. You can't go and change the constitution every six months," Reding added.

President of the commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, promised to soon inform the heads of governments about the admissibility of the conversial adjustments to the Hungarian constitution. Acccording to him, the commission was concerned if the new constitutional rights could be brought in line the the values of the EU.