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Oct 24, 2018

Hungary’s Justice Minister holds talks on terrorism, migration and NGOs in Jerusalem

László Trócsányi joined his Israeli counterpart Ayelet Shaked to present Hungarian legislation on the transparency of NGOs receiving financial support from abroad

Hungary’s Justice Minister has held talks focusing on terrorism, migration, NGOs and legislation affecting these areas while on an official visit to Jerusalem.

László Trócsányi joined his Israeli counterpart Ayelet Shaked to present Hungarian legislation on the transparency of NGOs receiving financial support from abroad.

According to MTI, Israel introduced similar legislation two or three years ago and the minister said he was in agreement with Shaked that organizations that aim to play political roles and are linked with international networks were not typical parts of civil society.

Trócsányi also briefed his counterpart on Hungary’s transit zones and the procedures that apply to them. He added that Hungary was a state based on the rule of law that guaranteed the rights of refugees in line with international regulations despite having a differing view on which countries belong in the category of safe countries.

Both parties were in agreement that terrorism was a common enemy and it is necessary to apply the toughest means to fight it.

The minister said they also discussed the practice of appointing judges in their respective countries and together decided to organize a joint conference in Budapest next year where the responsibility for an effective administration of justice would be discussed.

Trócsányi added that he briefed Shaked about the Sargentini Report which he believes was primarily based on ideological motivations, with attacks focusing on the issues of migration and NGOs.

Cyber security was another important issue discussed at the meeting and the sides assured one another of their countries’ support for each other in international diplomacy in cases of external attacks.