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Conditionality mechanism: NGO assessment of remedial measures

With the 19 November deadline given to the Hungarian government to enact the remedial measures it committed to in the framework of the conditionality mechanism nearing, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, K-Monitor and Transparency International Hungary prepared a new joint analysis on the matter.

Half-Hearted Promises, Disappointing Delivery

An Assessment of the Hungarian Government’s New Measures to Protect the EU Budget and Related Recommendations

FIDESZ TO HOLLOW OUT THE HUNGARIAN LAW ON MPS’ ASSET DECLARATION

Although the Hungarian law on MPs’ asset declaration has long been criticized by many for inefficiency, the Hungarian public has often been left stunned by the wealth of the political elite revealed in asset declarations. Now, Fidesz MPs submitted a bill that plans to disperse the last safeguards that serves some transparency of the wealth of politicians.

ELECTION CAMPAIGN: THE HUNGARIAN STATE IN ACTION

After a 50-day official campaign period, general elections were held in Hungary on 3 April, and FIDESZ, in government since 2010, won a supermajority for the fourth time. The election results are hardly surprising given the government's gravity in campaigning. 

Orban’s Fidesz has likely overspent in Hungary’s election campaign

Fidesz itself seems to have violated the spending cap of HUF 1.177 bn, just with its billboard ads worth HUF 1.4 bn. Altogether pro-government forces have spent HUF 3bn on outdoor ads in March.

EU’S FINANCIAL INTERESTS SAFEGUARDED. OR NOT?

The EU Court of Justice has given green light to the Commission’s Rule of Law mechanism: the misuse of EU funds could soon have more severe consequences. The Luxembourg court's ruling comes after Hungary, criticized for systemic corruption, and Poland, whose judicial independence is under threat, asked the CJEU to annul the Regulation on the conditionality system for protecting the EU budget, saying the EU had no right to adopt it.

Hungary’s State of Corruption Heading Towards Elections

After 12 years of authoritarian rule, Orbán’s System of National Cooperation has reached its final shape. In 2021 Fidesz did its best to cement its positions in oversight institutions and markets it hijacked. Without being really aware of it, Hungarians donated national assets worth billions of Euros to the power elite of the regime. The institutions concerned have largely accepted this logic of power, just as the majority of the society.

THERE IS NOTHING MYSTERIOUS ABOUT PUBLIC BUDGETS: IT'S OUR MONEY!

We published a website covering the 2022 national budget with a data visualization based on comprehensive data. The central government has never created a 'Citizens’ budget' document that would illustrate how the money is being spent and why.

OMNIBUS BILL PASSED, PROSECUTOR GENERAL POLT TO BE IRREMOVABLE WITHOUT SUPERMAJORITY

On 9 November, the Hungarian parliament with the supermajority of ruling Fidesz MPs adopted amendments submitted by the Government to laws on the judiciary, public offices, expropriation, privatisation of the housing stock and elections. This is a brief summary of the most important changes. 

RRF: HOW FAR WILL THE EU GO TO PROTECT ITS FINANCIAL INTERESTS IN HUNGARY?

Many Member States have already received the first tranche of billions of euros made available from the EU Recovery Instrument, but Hungary's Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) has not yet been approved by the EU. 

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