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Parliamentary questions
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6 December 2018
Question for written answer E-006152-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Péter Niedermüller (S&D)

 Subject:  Media regulations in Hungary
 Answer in writing 

A gigantic, government-affiliated, right-wing media empire has been established in Hungary in recent days under the name of Central European Press and Media Foundation. Ten publishing offices, all supporting the government without exception, joined the foundation immediately after its foundation. These companies essentially cover the entire Hungarian media and provide a clear monopoly for the foundation. The companies affiliated within the foundation had a total revenue of more than HUF 60 billion with the help of state advertising last year and generated a profit of more than HUF 8 billion.

The establishment of the foundation should have been authorised, in principle, by the Hungarian Competition Authority. However, the Hungarian Prime Minister declared yesterday that the foundation had national strategic importance, which may, consequently, not be investigated by the Hungarian Competition Authority.

1. Is the establishment of a foundation of such a size, covering the entire media market, in line with the European Union's relevant regulations?

2. What does the European Union intend to do against the restriction of media pluralism to such an extent in one of its Member States?

3. Is the procedure where the government prevents the investigation of a foundation by the Hungarian Competition Authority in a Prime Minister's decree in line with the European Union's competition laws?

Original language of question: HU 
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