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Feb 13, 2020

Government to launch new national consultation on prisons and schools

The new national consultation will focus on "prison deals", the Roma segregation case in Gyöngyöspata and judge's corruption.

During the Fidesz party conference in Balatonfüred on Wednesday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that he is launching a new national consultation survey focused on prisons and schools.

The new national consultation will focus on "prison deals", the Roma segregation case in Gyöngyöspata and judge's corruption. 

According to MTI, Fidesz lawmakers will hold a parliamentary group meeting next week, with "prison business" and the issue of compensation to Roma segregated in school high on the agenda.

The ruling party has criticized the courts for awarding compensation to inmates who complain of poor prison conditions, insisting that some lawyers are exploiting the system while raking in hefty fees.

Also on the agenda was a lawsuit in connection with school segregation. The government is appealing against a court decision to award cash compensation to Roma who were segregated at school in Gyöngyöspata, in north-western Hungary.

The government has asked the Kuria, Hungary’s supreme court, for an expedited procedure. The group said in a statement that the cases “offend people’s sense of justice”.

Fidesz MPs will also discuss probation rules in the context of the recent murders of two children in Győr, in north-western Hungary. They will also consider border protection in light of increasing migration pressure and a recent attempt by a group of migrants to storm the border.

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