Hungary says EU concerns can be easily resolved
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Hungary plans to change the legislation that has raised European Union concerns about democratic rights in his country, EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday.
Barroso said he received a letter from Prime Minister Viktor Orban early Wednesday in which the Hungarian leader indicated "his intention to modify the relevant legislation and to work with the (EU) Commission."
The letter was sent only hours before Orban faced stinging criticism from the European Parliament.
Orban said Hungary's new constitution is based on the core principles of the European Union but acknowledged that questions over the independence of the central bank and the judiciary are understandable.