Hungarian parties welcome US move to restore confidence with Europe after surveillance scandal
Vienna, May 8 (MTI) – Hungarian political parties have welcomed a move by the United States seeking to restore confidence in relations with their European allies after its secret data gathering scandal.
But they also expressed reservations at the forum held on intelligence security held in Vienna on Thursday.
This followed a meeting of US and European lawmakers in Washington, DC initiated by the US on National Security Agency issues dating back to September 2014.
Matyas Firtl, a ruling Fidesz lawmaker, told MTI the Vienna conference was “more effective and honest” than in Washington, when the US and European sides had failed to fully restore mutual confidence, he said.
Tamas Harangozo, deputy group leader of the opposition Socialists, said the conference was successful to the extent that both sides had succeeded in expressing their standpoints.
Adam Mirkoczki of radical nationalist Jobbik said that although the US put across a more sympathetic spin at the Vienna event, it would nevertheless continue its surveillance activities as before.
Andras Schiffer, co-leader of LMP, said the lesson learnt from the NSA scandal is that the EU needs a tighter data protection, adding that the US had yet again failed to give straight answers to straight questions.