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30th November, 2017

Referendum possible on 7th District nightlife

A referendum on ordering bars to close early in Budapest’s Seventh District cleared a second legal hurdle yesterday, winning approval from the Capital Court

The ruling upholds a decision by the district local election committee to validate the proposed question on the issue.

A referendum would be about whether the 400-500 bars and nightclubs within the area bounded by the Nagykörút should have to close at midnight.

The court rejected arguments that the district has no authority to regulate opening hours and that enforced early closings would restrict basic rights and violate local council laws.

Local residents organising themselves in the Liveable Erzsébetváros group have been campaigning for months against the noise in Budapest’s “party zone,” and also the waste and crime.

They would like to introduce an obligatory closing hour, but the Fidesz-led local council is not willing to comply.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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