Hungary aims for swift resolution to EU proceedings – Martonyi

Brussels, January 27 (MTI) – Hungary would like to see the EU infringement proceedings, launched against it last week, to be concluded in the first stage, Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi told a news conference in Brussels on Friday.

Martonyi said the next phase would be for the European Commission to give a reasoned opinion along with a deadline for settling the dispute. The matter would only come before the European Court if the member state fails to meet the deadline, he added.


He noted that member states were in the midst of 100 such legal proceedings altogether. He told the ministers that Hungary was prepared to engage in dialogue with “anyone, at anytime and at any level”.


He said the ministerial council had now received an appropriate briefing and the dispute should be concluded in this body’s framework, adding that politically and ideologically charged rows between member states should be avoided.


Martonyi also spoke about Hungary’s interest in the European Union preserving strong cohesion and common farm policies, commenting on the bloc’s 2014-2020 budget.


The ultimate goal of the EU’s budget is to find the right balance between competitiveness and solidarity, and financial discipline and growth, Martonyi said.


The common agricultural policy and cohesion policy create EU unity in times of crisis, even when many citizens question the success of European integration, the minister said.


Martonyi said Hungary wants to see certain adjustments made to the current proposals on the table for cohesions policy. He added that the reduction of direct subsidies for farmers was a cause for concern.