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3rd June, 2021

Opposition challenges law on foundations in court

The six co-operating opposition parties have formally asked the Constitutional Court to strike down a new law on asset managing foundations of public interest that perform public duties.

The Fidesz majority in Parliament voted in late April to transfer Ft 1 trillion worth of public assets to foundations. It entrusted a considerable part of higher education supervision and a number of other assets to foundations loaded with Fidesz members, 444 writes.

Jobbik vice-president Gyorgy Szilagyi told an online press conference that “a mafia government has ruled Hungary for 11 years as an alliance of financial interests”.

He stressed that the appellants are asking the Constitutional Court to help the opposition protect the remaining state assets.

With the new law, the Orban cabinet entered a new level in stealing public property, as they are taking assets, universities, chateaus, stud farms and shareholdings in their entirety, Democratic Coalition deputy caucus leader Gergely Arato declared.

Socialist MP Laszlo Szakacs said “feudal lords” rather than trustees are running the foundations.

Dialogue MP Bence Tordai alleged that Prime Minister Viktor Orban is building a parallel state which depends on him alone.

He called Fidesz thieves, saying they pursue a neoliberal policy although they have advocated the opposite for a decade. (444.hu; 24.hu; index.hu; hirklikk.hu; merce.hu)
3rd June, 2021

Ruszin-Szendi faces committee

Armed Forces chief of staff nominee Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi told Parliament’s defence and law enforcement committee that his main task will be to further build the defining army in the region.

He said it is important to continue to procure individual tactical weapons, to upgrade cyber capability, and to renew the logistics system in such a way that more executive and fewer administrative staff members should be needed.

He said his goal is to increase the strength of fighting soldiers and simplify the volunteer reserve system.

In answer to questions, Ruszin-Szendi confirmed that deputy commander Gabor Borondi will be leaving, and has accepted a foreign diplomatic post.

He added that his deputy will be Zsolt Sandor, the present head of the Armed Forces Reserve Training and Support Command. (hvg.hu; hirklikk.hu; telex.hu; 24.hu; hang.hu; hirado.hu; magyarhirlap.hu)
3rd June, 2021

Dobrev backs Jobbik politician

Democratic Coalition MEP Klara Dobrev announced on Wednesday that her party backs Jobbik MP Gyorgy Szilagyi in Budapest’s constituency No. 14 in the city’s 17th District.

Dobrev wrote on her Facebook page that Szilagyi has been an MP for ten years and so he knows everything about how to serve the interests of ordinary people as an MP.

“He may be able to address right-wing opposition voters as well and that could be vital in the district,” she added. (atv.hu; nepszava.hu)
3rd June, 2021

Single-use plastics banned from July

The government has banned the use of most single-use plastic products from July 1, it was confirmed in the Wednesday issue of the official gazette Magyar Kozlony.

Among others, light plastic bags, cutlery, plates, cups, straws, ear cleaners and polystyrene containers for hot meals cannot be sold from that date.

Non-polystyrene cups will be banned from January 1, 2022.

A bill on a similar ban was filed by deputy prime minister Zsolt Semjen a year ago, based on EU requirements, but the ban was postponed until this summer, due to resistance from light plastic bag producers and retailers because of the short notice, Portfolio recalls. (portfolio.hu; index.hu; hvg.hu; napi.hu; telex.hu; 444.hu)

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