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Dec 06, 2017

EC's infringement proceedings in relation to Hungary’s legislation on foreign-funded non-governmental organizations is unfounded

Pál Völner, ministry of Justice’s Parliamentary State Secretary, said the government had responded to the commission in writing stating that the Hungarian legislation does not contravene either EU or international law

The government has stated that the European Commission's infringement proceedings in relation to Hungary’s legislation on foreign-funded non-governmental organizations is unfounded.

Pál Völner, ministry of Justice’s Parliamentary State Secretary, said the government had responded to the commission in writing stating that the Hungarian legislation does not contravene either EU or international law.

According to the Hungarian regulations, non-governmental organizations that receive more than 7.2 million HUF (23,000 EUR) in foreign funding in a given year must report the fact, in addition to which the identity and registered address of individuals who provide funding equivalent to 500,000 HUF or more must also be reported.

Völner pointed out that the EC had set Hungary shorter than usual deadlines to respond with relation to the infringement proceedings concerning the NGO Act, the migrant quota and CEU.

“The president of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and the body’s vice president, Frans Timmermans, have met with businessman George Soros in Brussels. Furthermore, the vice president informed András Fekete-Győr, one of the leaders of ‘a small party that may be regarded as anarchist’, Momentum, with relation to the proceedings, and this contravenes EU law in view of the fact that the EC negotiates with the governments of member states, and not with other participants of the domestic political arena," he said.