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Thursday, 10 March 2011 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Explanations of vote

Text tabled : B7-0191/2011

  Ivo Belet (PPE), in writing. (NL) The Hungarian Government has done a good job of dealing with all the brouhaha surrounding this controversial law in such a way that it has made it clear that freedom of the press and media pluralism have been and remain fundamental pillars in Hungary. The European Commission has done some fine work here. Moreover, the Commission will, rightly, continue to monitor this issue, not only in Hungary, but in all Member States of the European Union.

The initiative, announced by Commissioner Kroes, to bring together different stakeholders to form a group of experts, who will then be tasked with tackling the media pluralism situation in Europe, is an important step forward. This group will assist the Commission in outlining new steps for the media landscape. We have been tasked with guaranteeing media pluralism and freedom of the press in Europe. I therefore assume that the European Parliament will actively contribute to this.

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