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Varga: Stopping Illegal Migration ‘Cannot Be Question Of Money’
It has been clear since the onset of Europe’s migration crisis that tackling the problem of illegal migration “cannot be a question of money”, the economy minister said in an interview published by daily Magyar Idők. Hungary has already spent over one hundred billion forints on curbing illegal migration and the 2018 budget also allocates sufficient funding to cover the costs of managing the migration crisis, Mihály Varga told the paper. more »
Áder Sends Political Billboard Act Back To Parliament
President János Áder has returned a recent law that sought to restrict political advertisements to parliament for re-consideration. The legislation, passed with a simple majority on Wednesday, was part of a government bill which sought to prevent all political advertisements on billboards outside of the official campaign period. more »
Orbán Does Not ‘Understand’ U.S. Criticism On NGOs
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán does not “understand” the United States’ opposition of the recently adopted law on NGOs, as the States has “much stricter” legislation, the PM said in his regular biweekly interview on state-owned Kossuth radio. more »

Venice Commission: Hungarian Law On Foreign-Funded NGOs Still Raises Concerns

Venice Commission: Hungarian Law On Foreign-Funded NGOs Still Raises Concerns
The Hungarian law on foreign-funded NGOs, despite amendments, still raises concerns, the Venice Commission said in an opinion published on Friday. The Council of Europe’s advisory body, composed of independent experts in constitutional law, said that it had adopted an opinion clarifying its preliminary opinion. more »

Paks Upgrade Ineligible For Referendum

Paks Upgrade Ineligible For Referendum
The upgrade of Hungary’s sole nuclear power plant in Paks is ineligible for a referendum as it is governed by an international accord, the head of the National Election Committee (NVB) told the Tuesday edition of daily Magyar Nemzet. more »

Local Opinion: Parliament Passes NGO Law

Local Opinion: Parliament Passes NGO Law
Two liberal weeklies accuse the government of trying to demonize and silence foreign funded watchdog organizations. more »