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Title: Letter from Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, to József Szájer, Member of the European Parliament with the Fidesz party
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Publisher: European Commission
Files: Letter from Kroes to Szajer 2 March 2012.pdf
Abstract: Responding to a letter from József Szájer, Member of the European Parliament for the Hungarian governmental party Fidesz, Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes rebuts his criticism that she had overstepped her mandate as European Commissioner when she asked the Hungarian government, in February 2012, to commmit to complying with recommendations by the Council of Europe regarding media freedom. Freedom of expression and media pluralism are enshrined in the EU Treaty and in Article 11 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, she reminds Szajer, and "thus the defence of these values is certainly part of my mandate in the European Commission". In addition, she writes, Hungary is a member of the Council of Europe, and full compliance with the body's norms regarding fundamental rights "should be self-evident for all EU Member States - it should not even require pressure from the European Commission or the European Parliament." She also addresses points made by Szajer regarding the rights of minorities in Hungary and her own alleged bias.
Publication/ adoption date: 2012-03-02
Language: English
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