Visit of Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister, to José Manuel Barroso: arrival, round table and extracts from the joint press statement
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 30/01/2013 First transmission: 30/01/2013
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister, on 30 January 2013, at the European Commission in Brussels.
They discussed the upcoming European Council meeting to be held on 7 and 8 February where the European leaders will try to agree on the future European budget for 2014-2020.
Talks focused also on the Hungarian economy and budget, and announced Hungarian adjustment measures that would allow the European Ministers for Finance to take a positive decision on the EDP (European Deficit Procedure) against Hungary upon its EU accession in 2004. The European Commission will publish its winter 2013 European Economic Forecast, which will include an estimate on Hungarian growth as well.
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||Handshake between Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (2 shots)
||Viktor Orbán and José Manuel Barroso walking to the meeting room
||Round table (3 shots)
||General view of the joint press briefing
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) on Hungary's retirement age for judges: saying that he acknowledged the swift response of the Hungarian authorities to the judgement of the Court of Justice of the EU; the new draft bill has been submitted to the European Commission within the agreed timeframe; the Commission is now analysing it and is confident the case will be closed in the near future.
||Cutaway of press
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) on Hungary's efforts to improve its economic situation: saying that they exchanged views to ensure that these efforts produce tangible and lasting effects in terms of growth and jobs, but also sustainable public finances that can contribute to the confidence of investors and macro-economic stability; saying also that he welcomes the fiscal consolidation achieved so far and the commitment of the Hungarian government to continue its efforts to keep the deficit well below 3% of GDP, and encouraged the Hungarian Prime Minister to pay closer attention to the quality of this adjustment; the Commission will come with an assessment of the recent measures in its economic forecast to be published on 22 February.
||SOUNDBITE by Viktor Orbán (in HUNGARIAN) on the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP): saying that Hungary has been under the EDP since its accession in the EU; Hungarian authorities and Hungarian people did what they could to get out of this procedure; this requires the budgetary deficit to be below 3% of GDP; this was the case in 2012, 2013 and 2014; saying he hopes that, with appropriate proofs, Hungary can come out of the EDP in 2013; it is a very important moral issue for Hungary; Hungary wants to get back amongst the countries that are reliable.