Statement by José Manuel Barroso on Hungary
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 12/01/2012 First transmission: 12/01/2012
The European Commission met the Danish Government in Copenhagen on 11 and 12 January 2012 at the start of the Danish Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The programme comprised a plenary meeting and different working sessions to discuss the implementation of the main priorities. These included financial stability and the creation of growth and jobs, for example through deepening the Single Market, green growth and energy efficiency.
On 12 January 2012, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, answered journalists' questions about Hungary during the press conference he was giving with Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister, following the meeting between the College of the Members of the EC, with the Danish Government.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (2 shots)
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: we are very close to completion, on Tuesday, 17th of this month, we will announce our decision. It is very important that the Commission makes that work objectively, respecting fully our principles and laws and it is also good that the Hungarian government already declared after our meeting yesterday, that they are ready to consider, in fact to change the law, if they find it is in contradiction with the European norms and European values.
||General view of the press room
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: the Commission is extremely committed to this. We have expressed our concerns, and we have followed this from all year last year when there was a new Constitution in Hungary. I wrote two letters to Prime Minister Orban asking him not to go ahead with some legislation before we could check. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Now we have some problems and we remain preoccupied that some of that legislation may indeed be in violation of European laws and principles. We will use all our powers to make sure that Hungary complies with the principles and values and the rules of the European Union, and I am confident that we will achieve that.
||Departure of Helle Thorning-Schmidt and José Manuel Barroso (2 shots)