Media law – Hungarian experts to hold talks in Brussels on Monday

Budapest, February 5 (MTI) – A Hungarian delegation of media and legal experts will travel to Brussels to hold consultations with EU experts on the media law on Monday, the state secretary in charge of government communication confirmed for MTI on Saturday.

Both delegation will include only experts, Zoltan Kovacs said.

    Kovacs said he saw it as being an “unstated” interest of both sides that the matter should be resolved as quickly as possible.

    If it turns out after the meeting that the law must be amended, Hungary is ready to make the changes, he said. The bill on the amendments would be submitted by the government to the parliament so that it could be put on the agenda at the beginning of its spring session, he added..

    The European Commission last month requested clarification over its concerns that some of the rules in Hungary’s new media law were “over extensive”.

    On Monday this week Kovacs told a news conference that the Hungarian government proposed personal consultations with the European Commission to avoid “indirect messages and  misunderstandings.”

    Hungarian Justice Minister Tibor Navracsics has also indicated that Hungary is ready for direct talks with the EU to discuss any modifications.

    ”The Hungarian government is committed to guaranteeing that the national regulation of media […] is in full compliance with EU law requirements,” Navracsics said in a letter sent to the European Commission.

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