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#StateAid: Commission clears investment in construction of Paks II nuclear power plant in Hungary

#StateAid: Commission clears investment in construction of Paks II nuclear power plant in Hungary

The European Commission has concluded that Hungary’s financial support for the construction of two new nuclear reactors in Paks (Paks II) involves state aid. It has approved this support under EU state aid rules on the basis of commitments made by Hungary to limit distortions of competition. Margrethe Vestager, commissioner in charge of competition, said: “Hungary […]

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Civil Liberties MEPs to discuss the situation of fundamental rights in #Hungary

Civil Liberties MEPs to discuss the situation of fundamental rights in #Hungary

| February 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Members of the Civil Liberties Committee will discuss the fundamental rights situation in Hungary with Justice Minister László Trócsányi and civil society representatives on Monday (27 February) afternoon. MEPs are likely to raise the question of media pluralism, the independence of the judiciary and the situation of refugees and migrants. The government of Hungary will […]

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Billionaire #Soros accused of ‘undermining democracy’ in EU member states

Billionaire #Soros accused of ‘undermining democracy’ in EU member states

| February 23, 2017 | 2 Comments

The Hungarian-born US billionaire George Soros has been accused of “undermining democracy” in several member states, writes Martin Banks. It is claimed that Soros and groups backed by him have sought to secretly influence politics in Hungary as well as other east European countries. A spokesman for the powerful Soros flatly denied he had been […]

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Commissioner #Oettinger under fire over private jet flight

Commissioner #Oettinger under fire over private jet flight

| November 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Germany’s EU commissioner is under fire for accepting a trip to Hungary in a Kremlin-linked lobbyist’s private jet. Guenther Oettinger has said he took the lift because he would otherwise have arrived late for a planned meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban. But critics accuse him of breaking European Union rules against accepting gifts […]

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#Hungary: Commission finds Hungarian advertisement tax in breach of EU rules

#Hungary: Commission finds Hungarian advertisement tax in breach of EU rules

| November 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

The European Commission has found that the Hungarian advertisement tax is in breach of EU State aid rules because its progressive tax rates grant a selective advantage to certain companies. It also unduly favors companies that did not make a profit in 2013 by allowing them to pay less tax. Under Hungary’s 2014 Advertisement Tax […]

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European companies awarded for #green business solutions

European companies awarded for #green business solutions

| October 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Businesses are quickly recognizing that shifting to a circular economy makes sound economic sense. The Commission’s ‘European Business Awards for the Environment’ rewards the best of these pioneers for their eco-innovative practices and products. On 27 October, the winners of the European Business Awards for the Environment2016-17 were announced at a ceremony in Tallinn, Estonia. […]

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#Hungary PM claims EU migrant quota referendum victory

#Hungary PM claims EU migrant quota referendum victory

Hungarian PM Viktor Orban (pictured) has declared victory in a referendum on mandatory EU migrant quotas, despite a low turnout that appeared to render it invalid. Nearly 98% of those who took part supported the government’s call to reject the EU plan. But only 43% of the electorate voted, short of the 50% required to […]

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