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Title: Letter from Tibor Navracsics, Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary, to Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, of 31 January 2011
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Files: Letter from Navracsics to Kroes 310111.pdf
Abstract: In this letter of 31 January 2011, Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary Tibor Navracsics responds to a second letter from Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes expressing concerns about the newly adopted Hungarian media legislation. In her letter, Kroes had articulated three issues: the legislation's obligation on broadcast and on-demand media to provide "balanced" coverage; its requirement of all media providers to register; and the provisions making it possible to impose restrictions and fines on media from other countries. Kroes had added that the Commission may take legal action if answers to these questions were unsatisfactory. In his response, Navracsics argues that the extension of balanced coverage requirements to on-demand media is justified by the same convergence phenomena that led to the EU's AMVS Directive, but he points out that violations carry no fines and that the government "is ready, if the Commission still finds it necessary, to make the scope of on-demand audiovisual services more specific". Regarding the registration requirements, Navracsics argues that they are "necessary" and that the Commission's concern "is without basis" as registration "is not a condition to the commencement of activities but merely a related, ancillary obligation." In response to Kroes's third concern, Navracsics argues that in the government's view, the law does not encroach on the country of origin principle and the AVMS Directive does not preclude the imposition of fines by a host state in exceptional circumstances, but he adds that the government is willing to reconsider if the Commission disagrees.
Publication/ adoption date: 2011-01-31
Language: English