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EU Oil Sanctions Against Putin Falter Over Hungary
Europe, Hungary, News, Russia

EU Oil Sanctions Against Putin Falter Over Hungary

Negotiations on the intended European import ban for Russian oil sticks because Hungary demands guarantees for alternative supplies first.   On Monday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen discussed the issue during a dinner with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest. That was "useful and useful", says a committee spokesperson, "but the technical work continues". An agreement between the 27 member states has not been forthcoming since the commission presented its proposals for a sixth sanctions package last Wednesday. In addition to, among other things, punitive measures against some sixty people and three Russian TV channels, the daily EU administration wants an import ban on crude oil within six months and on refined oil before the end of the year. The plan is fo...
Hungary Gets A Woman as President for the First Time
Europe, Hungary, News

Hungary Gets A Woman as President for the First Time

Katalin Novak, 44, has been elected as the new president by the Hungarian parliament. As a result, Novak becomes the country's first female president. She will officially take office on May 10 as head of state.   Novak is currently a parliamentarian and minister and deputy chairman of President Viktor Orban's ruling conservative Fidesz party. That party put her forward as a candidate to succeed Janos Ader. Novak received 137 votes in parliament. The opposition candidate, Peter Rona, got 51. The president in Hungary has a primarily ceremonial role but can block or delay legislation with a veto or referral to the constitutional court.
The EU in Action Against Hungary for Not Following EU Court Ruling
Europe, Hungary, News

The EU in Action Against Hungary for Not Following EU Court Ruling

The European Commission has started legal proceedings against Hungary for failing to comply with a ruling by the European Court of Justice on a law affecting foreign civil society organizations.   The country will be given two months to clarify. If the law is not amended, the day-to-day EU administration will consider going back to court and asking Hungary to be fined. The court ruled last year that the relevant Hungarian law from 2017, which requires non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide information about their foreign donors, is discriminatory and goes against EU rules. The NGOs are also required by law to identify themselves in their publications and on their websites as a "foreign-supported organization". It was EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans who brought the case ...