June 26th, 2012

Deputy PM says no clear reason for European Commission continuing with infringement procedures against Hungary

It is not clear why the European Commission insists on carrying through with infringement procedures against Hungary considering that the majority concerns raised in connection with the retirement of judges and the data protection ombudsman have been resolved, the justice minister said on Tuesday.

Tibor Navracsics told a meeting of the European affairs committee in parliament that the Court of Justice of the European Union will make a decision in these matters, which is not unusual because the EU is an organisation of international cooperation which involves debates and the conflicts are resolved in a peaceful manner, in institutionalised ways.

He said he had written a letter to his Irish counterpart concerning Francis Ciaran Tobin, an Irishman sentenced earlier for killing two children in an accident in Hungary twelve years ago. Navracsics said he expressed regret in the letter for “a criminal offence recognised by all” to go unpunished. The Irish Supreme Court last week ruled not to hand over Tobin to Hungary where he would face imprisonment.

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  • Paul

    “It is not clear why the European Commission insists on carrying through with infringement procedures against Hungary considering that the majority concerns raised in connection with the retirement of judges and the data protection ombudsman have been resolved, the justice minister said on Tuesday.”

    It is not clear to you!!! Every one else does understand mr. Tibor Navracsics…it is about not tolerating a neo fascistic dictatorial government for the rest of the EU .

    • Leto. مؤدّب

      No worries, it’s clear to Mr. Tibor Navracsics, too.
      It’s about EU’s protecting the interests of the interests of (mostly) French and German big businesses and about protecting the status quo (that is the periphery should stay periphery, ‘colonies’ if you like) And definitely it’s also about powers of the Brussels burocracy.

      • Cnut

        Yes, Leto, we must protect Hungarians against the French and German banks by:

        1. appointing a Fidesz privacy commissioner

        and

        2. appointing Fidesz judges.

        Fidesz is so clever!

  • Democrat

    It is very clear. The Data Ombudsman is not independent (nor functioning efficiently) and the enforced retirement of 10% of the judges will go ahead. Just what does Mr N think has been resolved.

    • Leto. مؤدّب

      “the enforced retirement of 10% of the judges will go ahead.”

      Definitely. It’s too bad it’s only 10%.

  • Paul

    “German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble believes that only further EU integration can save the euro.”

    “Our prosperity. The world, with its globalized economy, is changing at a rapid pace. Those who want to keep up cannot go it alone. It only works in collaboration with other European countries and with a European currency. Otherwise we would fall far behind, and that would lead to a substantial loss of prosperity and societal security.”

    So…his message we need more and not less Europe.
    Interesting times!

    • Leto. مؤدّب

      Interesting times indeed. The eurozone countries will sunk together. :)

      Not if, but when…

      -http://www.forbes.com/sites/haydnshaughnessy/2012/06/25/spanish-bailout-begins-another-euro-bluff-and-bluster-week/

  • Leto. مؤدّب

    Correction: “will sink”, of course

    On one hand the more and more endebted US will make sure the euro crisis will not ease, on the other hand the German taxpayers will be fed up very soon with paying “others’ debts”.. and they won’t consider that how much Germany benefited earlier from endebting the peripheral economies (Greece, Spain, Ireland, etc.) to Germany (and partly to France)

  • Paul

    @ Leto

    There is a possibility this can happen. Experts say a 33 percent chance. My guess is EU leaders will jump over their shadow to avoid this.

    • Leto. مؤدّب

      33 percents over what period? ‘cos it’s 95 percents over 10 years.

      “What people continuously forget is that the EU is not a sovereign nation. Agreements not only take time, they need democratic accountability. In the absence of these actions much of what EU leaders talk about is necessarily bluff and an irresponsible desire for wish fulfillment – if only we could boost growth, if only we could calm the markets. What this discussion needs is a dose of reality at the top”

      In the worst case this could easily end up in civil wars all over Europe… (I doubt very much it would result in conventional wars like it would have in earlier times.)

  • Viking

    Leto. مؤدّب says:
    June 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

    In the worst case this could easily end up in civil wars all over Europe

    Dream on….
    Anybody counted how many times have ‘leto’ and his Fidesz-fellows claimed the ‘Death of Euro/Europe’ the last 12 months?

    With the support of ‘economists’ from the teacher of The Viktator, Mr Put In
    Nice bedfellows

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