Authorities found last week that one sheep in a herd of 210 heads died of anthrax, a disease which can spread to humans. The farm was placed under quarantine, the ministry said in a statement. "Humans have not got the disease yet so we don't have that problem," said Endre Kardevan, Secretary of State in the ministry, in a video http://snyderjxnn.crowdvine.com/posts/create published on the government's website. "We have controlled the situation," he added. "We have surveyed the full livestock of the village and vaccination has started." The ministry said the disease would not spread to humans.
Hungary Recognizes Limits to Taxing Lenders, Premier Orban Says
On Monday, lawmakers approved constitutional amendments which were earlier initiated by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government, in a move to give more autonomy to political media campaigns ahead of next yearas election. The resource amendments will remove prior restrictions on political campaigns and allow parties to advertise in both state-funded and private media ahead of parliamentary and European Parliament elections next year. The government must also withdraw taxes aimed at curtailing expenses brought on by the international court rulings. This is while the European Commission threatened to proceed with legal action, saying the constitutional changes could run against EU norms and the principle of the rule of law. The EU, the United States, Germany and human rights groups have accused Orban's government of manipulating the constitution to limit the powers of Hungary's top court and weaken democracy. However, Orban earlier warned that the country has fallen under attack because his policies threaten the interests of foreign business lobbies. On March 15, the prime minister compared parallels between the policies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Nazi invasion of his country in 1944 during the course of World War II.
The government reasoning attached to the amendments said Budapest put forward view site... the remedies to defuse potential conflicts over the constitution after a number of clashes in past years over laws affecting the judiciary and the central bank. It said the changes were proposed "so that certain constitutional matters cannot be used as a pretext for further attacks against Hungary going forward". The amendments will allow political parties to run campaigns in both state-funded and private media ahead of parliamentary and European Parliament elections due next year, removing a prior restriction for such adverts to state outlets only. But the law still says such advertisements must be published free of charge. The amendments also remove a constitutional provision enabling the government to launch new taxes due to "unexpected payment obligations" brought on by international court rulings on public finances, a clause that the European Commission had flagged as particularly worrisome.
Hungary Economy Minister Mum on Budget Deficit Targets
OTP shares rose 1.4 percent immediately after Orbans comments and traded up 0.1 percent from yesterday at 4,392 forint by 12:16 p.m. in Budapest. The forint fell 0.1 percent to 299.3 per euro. Banks in Hungary lost $1.7 billion during a 2011 program that allowed the early repayment of foreign-currency mortgages at below-market exchange rates. Lenders reacted by pulling out capital equal to 23 percent of gross domestic product and cutting new credit. The government has given banks until Nov. 1 to work out a solution for borrowers.
Hungary backtracks on contested reforms after EU pressure
September 17, 2013, 4:12 a.m. ET Hungary Economy Minister Mum on Budget Deficit Targets Text By Veronika Gulyas BUDAPEST--Hungary's budget deficits in 2013 and 2014 will be below 3% of gross domestic product, the threshold required by the European Union, the country's Economy Minister Mihaly Varga said late Monday, without confirming the country's official deficit targets for those years. Hungary's budget deficit goal was set at 2.7% of gross domestic product for both 2013 and 2014 in Hungary's Convergence Report, the official document submitted to the EU that scrutinizes fiscal processes in member countries. Speaking in a radio interview, Mr. Varga didn't say outright that these deficit targets would be missed, but only said the deficit would be below the EU's 3%-of-GDP threshold in both years. The government's http://merlebute.blogs.experienceproject.com/2106051.html so far relatively strict budget grip has become more lax in recent months, ahead of next year's general elections. The cabinet decided to spend almost all of its budget reserves and also part of its news special safety buffer on building football stadiums and raising teachers' wages, among other measures.