Analysis of the Bill on Foreign Funded Organisations (Lex NGO)
Since the elections in 2010, the current governing party has systematically undermined the rule of law in Hungary, seriously disrupting the system of checks and balances. On 7 April 2017, governing party MPs submitted to the Hungarian Parliament Bill T/14967. on the Transparency of Organizations Receiving Foreign Funds, setting out for example that organizations receiving foreign funds over a certain yearly threshold will have to register themselves and will have to label themselves as organizations receiving foreign funds on their website and in their publications, and foreseeing sanctions in case of non-compliance.
A short analysis of the proposed Hungarian Bill on foreign-funded non-governmental organizations, prepared by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union: online here.
English translation of the Bill as submitted to Parliament on 7 April 2017: available on our website
*** English translation of the final text of the Bill as adopted by Parliament on 13 June 2017: adopted text ***
An analysis of the Hungarian Parliament Bill T/14967 in light of EU rules on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing and free movement of capital, prepared by the Civil Liberties Union for Europe, ECNL (European Center for Not-for-profit Law), the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union is available here.
Read the timeline of governmental attacks on NGOs in Hungary.