Hungary Files Further Amendments to Meet EU Conditions for IMF Aid Talks

Hungary’s government filed further amendments to laws criticized by the European Commission that have blocked the start of talks on a European Union and International Monetary Fund loan. The latest changes narrow the prime minister’s room to fire the independent data-protection commissioner, according to the amendment posted on Parliament’s website yesterday. It doesn’t address a second EU objection about the termination of the previous commissioner’s mandate before it expired. The amendments aim to “strengthen the independence” of the data-protection agency “in line with the European Commission’s concerns,” according to the document.

The European Commission this week took a formal step toward seeking a court order to require Hungary to redraft laws on the judiciary and data-protection agency and asked for more information on planned changes to a new central bank law.

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