Budapest, January 21 (MTI) – A decision by the Kuria, Hungary’s supreme court, annulling sections of the municipal decree on banning homeless from living in the street in certain areas of the city will require district councils to act on the ruling, the municipal council said on Wednesday.
Tuesday’s official gazette Magyar Kozlony reported that the Kuria annulled, effective May 31, certain sections of the decree specifying the locations where the ban is effective.
The court said that in the case of several public areas selected by the district councils, the reason for their “protected value” cannot be identified.
The annulled sections affect areas proposed by the local councils in Budapest’s 2nd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 21st and 22nd districts. The Kuria ruling does not affect the public areas proposed by the 6th, 11th, 18th and 20th district councils.
The municipal council approved on November 14, 2013 a decree stating that rough sleeping is against the law and classed as a minor offence in selected areas.