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Hungary to Bow to EU Demands in Infringement Cases, Nemzet Says

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Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The Hungarian government will yield to some European Union demands in infringement cases concerning the data protection agency, the retirement of judges and the central bank, Magyar Nemzet said, citing unidentified people with knowledge of the issue.

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Viktor Orban will redraft a law on the data protection agency stripping the premier of the right to dismiss the head of the agency, the Budapest-based daily said.

The government will offer “several concession” concerning the forced early retirement of judges, including the possibility to assess individual judges on a case by case basis, the newspaper said.

Orban is ready to change the central bank law criticized by the EU on several points, however, he will stick to central bank officials having to take an oath of office as well as a cap on their salaries, Nemzet said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Edith Balazs in Budapest at ebalazs1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at jagomez@bloomberg.net

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