Hungary’s parliament to discuss NGO transparency legislation
Budapest, April 17 (MTI) – Parliament is to hold a four-day session over the next two weeks, with the legislation on the transparency of foreign-funded NGOs scheduled for Wednesday.
The session starts at 1pm on Tuesday with speeches prior to the agenda, interpellation, and questions to members of the government. This is followed by a discussion of proposed amendments to the labour code.
On Wednesday, MPs are to discuss the proposed legislation on the transparency of foreign-funded NGOs. Fidesz deputy group leader Gergely Gulyas, one of the lawmakers submitting the proposal, said earlier that the legislation is one of the ways for Hungary to defend itself. NGOs supported by Hungarian-born American financier George Soros have recently intensified their “attacks” on the Hungarian government, he said, “intending to undo Hungarian border defence and to push the country to accept migrants unconditionally”, he said. The funding of NGOs should be transparent, he said, independently from whether they are supported by Soros, Russia or an EU member state.
Thursday’s parliamentary session will include discussions of amendments to increase competitiveness and to the law on news broadcasting.
The four-day session will conclude on April 24.