Governmental Attacks Against Hungarian NGOs Discussed at OSCE Human Rights Meeting

Hungarian NGOs and international organisations voiced concerns about the Hungarian government’s fierce crackdown on NGOs at the international human rights event of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Warsaw. At the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2014 the measures taken by the Hungarian government against the country’s NGOs were also discussed.…

TI Turns to the Ombudsman Regarding Recent Government Audit

Transparency International Hungary continues to question the legal mandate of the Government Control Office (KEHI) to conduct any audits related to support received from the Norwegian Civil Support Fund, and complains about the lack of legal remedies against the action. For these reasons, TI-Hungary turned to the Ombudsman for protection of its rights. At the…

TI Calls for an Immediate End to Intimidation of Civil Society in Hungary

Transparency International, the global anti-corruption movement, is calling on the government of Hungary to stop its strategy of intimidation aimed at stifling the voice of civil society and democratic oversight. Every government, irrespective of political affiliation, should uphold the rights of citizens in a democracy to freely monitor and evaluate public institutions as well as…

As If Law Was Really Ruling – Thank You, Constitutional Court!

The recent decision of the Constitutional Court once again gave priority to freedom of information. This story began two years ago. Back then, Tamás Bodoky, editor of atlatszo.hu had filed a lawsuit to get access to the report written by the Ministerial Commissioner responsible for the comprehensive financial screening of the Hungarian State Opera House.…

Transparency International Turns To Higher Authorities

The new law on freedom of information, previously vetoed by President János Áder, has entered into force following an amendment on June 21, 2013. However, according to the opinion of Transparency International, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and K-Monitor watchdog organization, the final version does not represent a great improvement compared to the form vetoed…

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Freedom of Information Goes Into the Pot

The president has vetoed the scandalous amendment to the act on freedom of information, introduced at the end of April. The final version of the amendment was shaped by the closing motion proposed by the Standing Committee on Constitutional Issues. Let’s see what changed after the presidential veto. The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, atlatszo.hu investigative…

EU leaders at European Council need to address the constitutional changes in Hungary

On Monday, the Parliament of Hungary approved an amendment to the Hungarian constitution that could limit democratic accountability and opens the door for corruption risks. The European Council meeting today and tomorrow provides an opportunity for European leaders to address integrity risks at the highest political level with the Hungarian Prime Minister. “The curtailing of…

New Civil Code: Public Fund Contracts Are To Become Inaccessible

In their joint letter, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Transparency International Hungary and K-Monitor Watchdog for Public Funds are requesting Attila Péterfalvi, President of the National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, to speak up for a new Civil Code to regulate the definition of business secret taking into account the transparency of…

Freedom of Information Reloaded

Judicial guarantees remain, but there is no more independence of supervision Budapest, 23 June, 2011- General discussion about the Freedom of Information Bill is beginning today. Transparency International Hungary (TI) considers it as a positive side of the proposal that public information requests and related legal remedies still remain fast and simple. Although, in its…

Corruption Risks In the New Constitution

Transparency International Hungary called the attention to numerous corruption risks in the Bill regarding the new Constitution, on which the Parliament will vote today. The international anti-corruption organisation also resented that the new constitution was prepared with the total ignorance of the Act on Legislation and the Act on Public Participation.„As a result of circumventing…

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