BRUSSELS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Hungary has not made sufficient progress on the European Union's concerns about its respect for the rule of law for the EU to release frozen funds, the EU's budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn said on Thursday.
The EU has frozen billions of euros that Hungary could receive from the EU's budget over concerns about corruption and the country's lack of respect for the independence of the judiciary and non-governmental organisations.
"In the area I am responsible for -- the rule of law conditionality -- there is not that kind of progress to enable us to give a positive assessment (for the release of the funds)," Hahn told a briefing.
"We are not negotiating anything with Hungary. We said what we need and it is now for Hungary to present answers and we asses the answers," he said. (Reporting by Jan Strupczewski, editing by Tassilo Hummel)