Josef hírek

2011.12.24. 21:21

PM says he rejected Barroso s request to withdraw contested bills (adds comments on S+P downgrade)

Budapest, December 22 (MTI) - Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he rejected European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso s request to withdraw two recent bills, related to the country s financial stability and the central bank.

Budapest, December 22 (MTI) - Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he rejected European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso s request to withdraw two recent bills, related to the country s financial stability and the central bank.

Orban said in an interview to commercial Hir TV on Thursday evening that he told Barroso in his reply letter that it was not possible to delay the two draft laws, because they were "important building blocks of the country s new constitution which is to come into effect from January". He added that neither law contained anything which the European Commission s president had a right or capacity to criticise.

 

The prime minister said every bill put to the Hungarian Parliament was in line with the European legal framework.

 

Earlier in the week, Barroso asked Orban in a letter to withdraw the two bills, which were fast-tracked for adoption last week, and suggested this might be a precondition for talks on a pending loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union. He said neither laws complied with the EU s basic treaty.

 

Orban said Hungary did not want a loan from the IMF, it was in need of a precautionary credit line only.

 

"We do not need money, we are not looking to take out a loan. (...) We need an agreement which allows access to a credit line in case international money markets became paralysed," he told HirTV.

 

He said if Hungary was to return to "be controlled by the IMF" and failed to implement its own economy policy, there would be no need for "people like us, who have national feelings."

 

"This, however, is not the case at all," he added.

 

Orban said he would not reshuffle his government on January 1. He said every government member s mandate would last as long as his own, adding that the only exception would be if one of the ministers asked him to rethink whether they should continue their work.

 

On the subject of a recent downgrade of Hungary s debt by Standard and Poor s to non-investment status, Orban said "the whole of Europe is under attack, everyone is being downgraded all the time. We soon get used to it and it loses significance."

 

He added that Hungary had taken a successful path over the past 18 months.

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