Orban Tells EU Not to Worry about Hungary's 'Renewal' IssuesBulgaria in EU | January 18, 2012, Wednesday // 17:42| views
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban ponders in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 18 January 2012. Photo by BGNES
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has reacted to EU criticism of his government's controversial legislative and executive moves by seeking to assuage concerns before the European Parliament.
Orban told European Union lawmakers in Strasbourg Wednesday that fixing the issues which led the bloc's executive to launch legal proceedings against his country "will not pose a problem," as cited by DPA.
At the same time, he urged the EU to take into account that his country is undergoing a "serious transformation after being on the brink of collapse" two years ago.
"What's happening in our country is a very exciting process of renewal," Orban said at the European Parliament's plenary in Strasbourg, France.
"It is absolutely understandable that there are debates in conjunction with that," he added.
As far as the European Commission's infringement proceedings go, Orban said that "remedying these ... concerns will not pose a problem" and that Hungary is "at your disposal for that."
His statement at the EP comes after earlier on Wednesday the European Union warned Hungary over its media freedom, adding to mounting international pressure over controversial Hungarian legislation changes and practices employed by the governing center-right Fidesz party, with EU digital agenda commissioner, Neelie Kroes, wroting to Hungarian Justice Minister Tibor Navracsics.
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