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Hungarian NGOs’ contribution to European Commission’s first Rule of Law Report

Eight Hungarian NGOs, participating in the stakeholder consultation launched by the European Commission for its first annual Rule of Law Report, trust that the EC will make concrete, enforceable recommendations to EU Member States, hence also for Hungary on how to advance rule of law in the EU.

 

By surrendering to autocracy in the fight against COVID-19, Hungary poisons European ideals

On March 30, 2020, the Hungarian Parliament adopted a text that allows the government to suspend the enforcement of certain laws, depart from provisions enshrined in the existing ones and implement additional extraordinary measures by decree for a practically unlimited period of time, with new limitations on media and information.

Coalition to Make Whistleblowing Safe During COVID-19 and Beyond

The signatories to this letter call on all public authorities and institutions to protect those who report or expose the harms, abuses and serious wrongdoing that arise during this period of crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We also encourage all citizens and workers to participate in ensuring our governments, corporate institutions and markets remain accountable, and in defending the human rights and freedoms of all people.

Opening Up SDG 5: What do we know about Gender Equality?

Research conducted in seven European countries – Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Spain and the United Kingdom – on 28 SDG gender-related indicators found huge disparities in the quantity and the quality of data available at the national level.

Anti-corruption campaign succeeds in Budapest

K-Monitor, investigative portal atlatszo.hu and TI Hungary organized an anti-corruption campaign called “Ez a minimum!” prior to the Hungarian local elections held in October, asking candidates to commit themselves to six transparency measures if elected. Measures include improvements regarding the transparency of the budget, the decision making process, contracts and procurements, asset declarations and local government owned enterprises. 

Do We Trust Democracy? A Future Agenda for Europe

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is publishing this thought-provoking collection of essays to breathe new life into this debate. The essays are written by a diversity of European voices from all Member States, including leading decision-makers, civil society activists, journalists, academics, and youth leaders, among others. K-Monitor's director also contributed to the report.

Outriders Meetup in Budapest: Disinformation

Join us in a discussion about disinformation and its impact on modern journalism, and listen to three journalists sharing their work!

The Uses and Misuses of Europe's "Strictest" Asset Declaration System

We were the first one to report on the Prime Minister’s trip to a Videoton-Ludogorec Champion’s League game in Bulgaria on July 25. The trip was made on a 60 million dollar business jet, and Orbán’s Press Secretary, Bertalan Havasi asserted that it has not been paid from public funds. In September, watchdog organization and online newspaper Átlátszó had published pictures of Orbán deboarding the luxurious jet.

Hotel Oligarch Hungary - Know where you spend your money

Summer holiday at Lake Balaton? Charming autumn city break in Budapest? Be aware that the corrupt clientele of the Orbán regime is branching out to tourism. They own hotels and restaurants around the most popular destinations. 

Letter to European Parliament with Statement on killing of Jan Kuciak

In advance of the parliamentary debate on the killing of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, a statement was signed by 61 civil society organisations from across Europe and elsewhere expressing their concern about the fact that his investigation may have been exposed after he submitted request for information.

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