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Oct 01, 2018

Lawmakers to hold four-day parliamentary session to discuss Sargentini Report, security and foreign investments

The session will kick off today at 1pm with lawmakers addressing parliament ahead of the agenda, followed by interpellations and immediate questions

Lawmakers will hold a four-day session in parliament’s autumn session with an agenda that includes a vote on a law mandating the supervision of foreign investments that potentially harm Hungarian security.

According to MTI, the session will also include a debate on the Fidesz party resolution condemning the Sargentini Report.

The session will kick off today at 1pm with lawmakers addressing parliament ahead of the agenda, followed by interpellations and immediate questions.

MPs will vote on the law covering foreign investments with security risks tomorrow. Originally the law was set to come into force on October 1st but parliament’s legislative committee on Thursday postponed the date to January 1st, 2019 to allow for “appropriate preparation”.

The new law will make investments from outside the European Union and the European Economic Area in the areas of national security, public security and those affecting economic and public health interests dependent on clearance from the interior minister.

The law will include deals within weapons manufacturing, financial services, the energy industry and electronic communications.

In tomorrow’s session, there will also be a general debate scheduled on the government’s second climate change strategy concerning the 2017-2030 period with an outlook up to 2050. A State Audit Office annual report on 2017 will also be heard.

On Wednesday, MPs will debate the a resolution put forward by Fidesz on the Sangentini Report. If the document is approved, parliament will instruct the government to reject the report’s allegations against Hungary and take legal action against the document, which the Hungarian government maintains was approved fraudulently.

On the fourth day of the sitting on Monday October 8th, members of the government will field questions. The autumn session is scheduled to conclude in the second week of December.