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EU Parliament Resolution Criticizes Hungary Constitution Changes

February 17, 2012

Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- European Union lawmakers criticized constitutional changes in Hungary including curbs to the independence of the central bank, warning that they may threaten democracy and the rule of law.

The European Parliament, voting today in Strasbourg, France, adopted a resolution saying it had “serious” concerns about the situation in Hungary and would prepare a report on whether the nation is in breach of the region’s “common values.”

The European Commission, the EU regulatory arm, has opened infringement proceedings against Hungary for political meddling with the judiciary, central bank and the data-protection authority. The dispute has held up negotiations on financial assistance to the country.

--Editors: Jones Hayden, Fergal O’Brien

To contact the reporters on this story: Jim Brunsden in Brussels at jbrunsden@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Scinta at cscinta@bloomberg.net


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