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Nov 12, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Here’s what you need to know about the proposed amendment to the Fundamental Law: It’s about the protection of families

On Tuesday, the government submitted a proposal to amend the Hungarian Fundamental Law, intended to strengthen the protection of Hungarian families and the safety of our children.

Minister of Justice Judit Varga informed MTI, Hungary’s official news agency, and announced on her Facebook page that the government submitted a proposal on the amendment of the Hungarian Fundamental Law on Tuesday afternoon.

The Fundamental Law has already explicitly enshrined the right of children to the protection and care necessary for their proper physical, mental and moral development. The amendment provides all children with an education and upbringing based on the values of Hungary’s Christian culture and guarantees the undisturbed development of the child according to his or her gender at birth, Minister Varga wrote on Facebook.

As the proposal says in Section 1: “Hungary protects the institution of marriage as the association between a man and a woman and the family as the basis for the survival of the nation. The foundation of the family is marriage and the parent-child relationship. The mother is a woman, the father is a man.”

She also added that the amendment defines the concept of public money in order to develop a uniform practice for constitutional bodies. The proposal clearly, unambiguously and comprehensively defines the concept of public money to guarantee transparent use of said money. According to the new definition, public money is “the revenues, expenditures and claims of the state.”

Learning from recent experiences, “the amendment renews the section on the special legal order that aims to increase the security of Hungary, increasing the responsiveness of the responsible government to variable future challenges,” Judit Varga said. She added that if the proposal is adopted, changes regarding the special legal order will enter into force on July 1, 2023 in the interests of legal certainty, so it would not affect in any way the current authorization of the government.