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Feb 06, 2018

Public debate on the Stop Soros legislative package is still underway, says minister

Bence Tuzson, minister of state for Government Communication, said the draft bill will be put before parliament in late February and the goal of the legislative package is to “enact and enforce the overwhelming opinion of the people, and to take further steps to stop migration”

Hungary has announced that the period of public debate on the Stop Soros legislative package is still ongoing and over the past two weeks over four hundreds suggestions have been submitted.

Bence Tuzson, minister of state for Government Communication, said a majority of the opinions received so far are supportive, and in fact some of them propose further restrictions.

The minister said that one proposal states organizations that assist illegal migration should pay a much higher duty, possibly several times the 25 percent included in the legislative proposal. 

He added that suggestions for tightening the Penal Code and the fact that groups of this nature should only be able to have Hungarian bank accounts resgisterd as foreign agents was also suggested.

The minister said the draft bill will be put before parliament in late February and the goal of the legislative package is to “enact and enforce the overwhelming opinion of the people, and to take further steps to stop migration”.

As part of the proposed legislation, organizations that assist migration would have to register themselves and report in detail on both their funding and activities, he explained.

He added that the organizations would have to pay a special duty on funding they receive from abroad to facilitate migration, in addition to which the new regulations would introduce the institution of immigration restraining orders, which could be issued against people who organize or finance migration.