Hungary’s ‘Determined’ EU Talks to Lead to Court, Lazar Says

Hungary will take a “determined” stand in its disputes with the European Union and some matters will end up in court, said Janos Lazar, head of the ruling Fidesz party’s parliamentary group.

The European Commission will decide tomorrow on the next steps in so-called infringement procedures concerning the independence of Hungary’s central bank, judiciary and data protection agency. Asked on M1 television about the cases, Lazar said he expected “various outcomes, some of which will go to court and on some we will be able to agree.” He declined to discuss the laws separately.

“Brussels got used to negotiating with the weak leaders of a weakling country” during the previous government, Lazar said in an interview with the Budapest-based channel today. “At last there is a determined Hungarian representation in Brussels. The government is quite right to act in a determined way.”

The disputes with the EU have prevented Hungary from starting talks on a bailout from the bloc and the International Monetary Fund, which the government requested in November. While Hungary had replied to written questions from the commission on the infringement cases, its answers were “vague,” Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice policy chief, told reporters yesterday in Brussels.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, also separately proposed last month to suspend 495 million euros ($653 million) in development subsidies to press Hungary to narrow its budget deficit. EU finance ministers will this month approve the proposal in “all certainty” Peter Szijjarto, Premier Viktor Orban’s spokesman, said in an interview on TV2 television yesterday.

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