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Hungary agrees to amend controversial media law

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(BRUSSELS) - Hungary agreed Monday to amend a controversial media law that clouded the start of its first stint as rotating president of the European Union.

A European Commission spokesman said that after talks with Hungarian experts on Monday, Budapest had agreed to send "a first draft of possible amendments to the media law" on Thursday.

"The next step will be to study carefully the proposed changes due to be sent by the Hungarian authorities on 10th February," said Jonathan Todd, spokesman for commissioner Neelie Kroes.

The row poisoned the January 1 takeover by Budapest of the six-month chairmanship of the 27-state bloc.

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