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Media: Commission Vice-President Kroes welcomes amendments to Hungarian Media Law

(16/02/2011) Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, has welcomed the amendments the Hungarian authorities have agreed to introduce to their Media Constitution and Media Act (Hungarian Media Law). These amendments concern all four issues where Vice-President Kroes had expressed serious doubts that the current law, adopted on 21st December 2010, was not compliant with EU law. These four issues comprise disproportionate application of rules on balanced information, application of fines to broadcasters legally established and authorised in other Member States, rules on registration and authorisation of media service providers and rules against offending individuals, minorities or majorities. The EU law in question comprises the Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive, the rules laid down in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union on the freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services (Articles 49 and 56 respectively) and the Charter of Fundamental Rights (Article 11 on freedom of expression). The Commission will now closely monitor the adoption of these amendments and their subsequent implementation.

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Commission Press Room: MEMO/11/89