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Jun 16, 2017

President Ader signs new law governing NGOs in Hungary

The president referred to civil organizations as “indispensable and respectable” players of a democracy. He said that Hungary had over 56,000 civil organizations and insisted that 99 percent of them would be left unaffected by the new legislation

President Janos Ader has signed a new law governing NGOs in Hungary, concerning transparency of civil organizations receiving foreign support.

“I cannot see any legal or constitutional concerns that should hinder publication of the law,” the president said, adding that the law would not affect the operations of the organizations it is to govern.

The president referred to civil organizations as “indispensable and respectable” players of a democracy. He said that Hungary had over 56,000 civil organizations and insisted that 99 percent of them would be left unaffected by the new legislation.

The new law will only stipulate further administrative tasks on organizations receiving over 7.2 million HUF (23,400 EUR) per year from abroad, while their earlier activities would be left unchanged.