Tabajdi: Do not narrow Hungarians rights in Romania!
Member of European Parliament (MEP) Csaba Tabajdi, also head of the Hungarian socialist delegation in the European Parliament (EP) turns to the leaders of the European Union. MEP Tabajdi said that the new social-liberal government in Romania, governing the country for not longer than two weeks, acts unfriendly towards minorities. MEP Tabajdi added that the new government was narrowing the ethnic achievements reached by both Hungarians and Romanians. He also added that the steps taken against minorities will neither strengthen Romania’s internal peace nor the co-habitation of the Romanian majority and the Hungarian national minority in Romania, nor the stability of the Central-European region.
Taking away required minority rights was contrary to common European values. As Tabajdi said it would lead to serious problems if the prescriptions in the minority bill relating to the cultural autonomy were annulled. Tabajdi, also co-head of the National Minority Intergroup in the European Parliament, turned to MEP Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament and also to the leader of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, for support in this important issue.
Magyar Telekom CEO said new Hungary tax may not be EU compatible
Chief executive says new tax is regressive and will harm economic growth. The chief executive of Hungary’s largest telecommunications company, Magyar Telekom Nyrt. said Hungary’s new telecom tax may not be in line with European Union law. The Hungarian government announced an updated economic overhaul plan two weeks ago, aiming to save 155 billion forints ($ 691 million) this year and HUF 567 billion to HUF 665 billion in 2013 through a combination of new taxes and cutbacks. „Given that in its current form the tax is a corporate and not a consumption type of tax, it raises the question of EU compatibility,” CEO Cristopher Mattheisen said at a press briefing, following the firm’s first-quarter earnings report. The CEO also criticized the new tax, to be introduced in July 2012 and effective in August 2012, for being a regressive tax that harms economic growth and the business environment. The European Commission will examine whether the new tax is compatible with EU law.