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Feb 14, 2018

Hungarian government submits a “significantly stricter” version of the “Stop Soros” bill to parliament

Bence Tuzson, minister of state for Government Communication, said they have incorporated several proposed amendments into the original draft legislation

The Hungarian government has submitted a “significantly stricter” version of the “Stop Soros” bill to parliament, according to official sources.

Bence Tuzson, minister of state for Government Communication, said they have incorporated several proposed amendments into the original draft legislation.

He revealed that the biggest change made to the original draft concerns the clause obliging organizations that promote migration to register their activities.

Under the amended bill, the organizations in question would be required to obtain permission from the interior minister to organize, support or fund migration. Their requests will be reviewed in terms of their national security implications, he added.

Tuzson added that the bill has stipulations requiring a two-thirds majority, meaning that these will have to be backed by the opposition if they are to pass.

Justice ministry state secretary Pál Völner said that the clause in the law tying support for migration to the obtainment of ministerial permission requires an amendment to Hungary’s national security law. 

Völner said organizations will have the right to appeal the minister’s decision on procedural grounds. The clause in the bill obliging organizations that promote migration to pay a 25 percent tax on donations received from abroad has been left intact, Völner confirmed.