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Hungary Disagrees With EU Concerns on Judges, Giro-Szasz Says - BusinessWeek

Written By Ivan Kolev on Thursday, January 19, 2012 | 6:08 PM

Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Hungary disagrees with the European Commission on the lowering of the mandatory retirement age for judges, over which the European Union has threatened a lawsuit, government spokesman Andras Giro-Szasz said.

The commission is “fundamentally wrong” to consider the lowering of the retirement age for judges to 62 years from 70 years as “early retirement” as 62 years is now the general retirement age, Giro-Szasz told M1 state television today.

“Hungary will negotiate and if there is no agreement in the end, then the case goes to the European court,” Giro-Szasz said. “Obviously, if the Hungarian government presents its reasons next to the European Commission’s reasons, then the two sides will accept each others’ reasons.”

Prime Minister Viktor Orban told European Parliament members in Strasbourg, France yesterday that he is ready to compromise on disputed laws as he seeks to revive bailout talks with the EU and the International Monetary Fund.

The EU and the IMF suspended the talks last month after Orban refused to compromise on a central bank legislation the EU and IMF said may undermine monetary policy independence. The European Commission has also cited concerns about the overhaul of the data-protection authority.

--Editors: Balazs Penz, Alan Crosby

To contact the reporter on this story: Zoltan Simon in Budapest at zsimon@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

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