Hungary takes EU Presidency from Jan 2011
The Hungarian Government took over the presidency of the European Union on Jan 1, 2011 for the six-month period. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has reportedly vowed to help boost European initiatives while also boosting the national economy of Hungary.
His government is focusing on a full restructuring of the strategic national objectives and plans to renew the economic boosting Szecheny Plan (which was ironically dismissed by the former Social-liberal government) to help small and medium sized enterprises strengthen and form the backbone of the Hungarian economy, instead of relying solely on foreign direct investments to supply workplaces for the masses.
The program is expected to put Hungary back among the leading European economic countries. During the 1990s Hungary’s economy was the front-runner of the CEE region, but has reportedly heavily fallen back under the heavy taxation and other economic burdens implemented by the social-liberals. Hungary also wants to lure investors (big and small) back into Hungary.
More information can be found: http://www.eu2011.hu/