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Brussels, 24 April 2012

Statement by the Spokeswoman of the European Commission following President Barroso's meeting with the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán

"The President of the European Commission had an informal meeting with the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán today, which took place in a constructive atmosphere.

The discussion focused on points relating to the on-going infringement proceedings launched by the Commission to ensure compliance of the Hungarian legislation with EU law. The issue of possible precautionary financial assistance to Hungary was also discussed.

President Barroso welcomed the commitments made by Prime Minister Orbán on the prompt and full implementation of the measures regarding the independence of the central bank announced by the Hungarian authorities. He also acknowledged Prime Minister Orbán's commitments on the other outstanding issues, namely on the reform of the judiciary, the data protection authority and the retirement age of judges.

The Commission will consider these matters further in its meeting tomorrow."

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