Professional success shadowed by domestic issues, says opposition head

Brussels, June 23 (MTI) – Hungary’s EU presidency has achieved a lot professionally but internal affairs such as the contested media law and the new constitution have cast a shadow over the past six months, main opposition Socialist Party leader Attila Mesterhazy said on Thursday.  

Mesterhazy is in Brussels attending the regular meeting of European Socialist government heads and party leaders.


Among the major achievements of Hungary’s EU presidency Mesterhazy noted the progress made in the expansion of the EU acquis and towards a unified energy market, the formulation of the Danube Strategy and the European Roma framework strategy. He added the imminent conclusion of talks on Croatia’s EU accession and the progress made in economic coordination and governance.


The Socialist leader praised the performance of the presidency team, as well as of Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi and the diplomatic corps.


He, at the same time, listed among the “less successful areas” Hungary’s absence from the eurozone competitiveness pact and the postponement of the Eastern Partnership summit.


As regards internal affairs Mesterhazy criticised the lack of willingness by the ruling coalition to enter into dialogue with the opposition. Criticism voiced by EU institutions of the Hungarian government has unfavourable affected the presidency’s success, he added.

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