17 SEP 2010
By MTI | Realdeal.hu
The current European Union practice of calculating each member's public finance deficit without regard to expenses incurred through their pension reform is discriminative, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Brussels on Thursday, before a summit of EU heads of government.
Orban spoke following talks with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, during which Orban, and his Polish, Czech, and Slovak counterparts expressed their joint wish to change the current method.
Poland earlier appealed to Brussels to change the calculation and take into account the extra expenses involved in introducing private pension funds. The initiative was supported by eight other members including Hungary.
Following today's summit, Orban said that the priorities of further enlarging the EU, the EU's Eastern Partnerships, and efforts to create a common energy policy had been included in the meeting's closing document "with due emphasis".
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