Lawmakers re-endorse law on speeding up key state projects
Budapest, March 17 (MTI) – Lawmakers on Tuesday reapproved a law amendment, earlier returned to them by the president, without any changes.
The law in question is one of two laws Hungary’s President Janos Ader returned to lawmakers for reconsideration on March 10.
The law is aimed at speeding up administrative procedures for investments of key importance to the national economy. Under its stipulations, authorities will be allowed to announce any decisions in connection with the project by publishing an official notice. The decision is enforced five days after its promulgation, according to the law.
Ader criticised the law on this point, arguing that in a fair procedure clients should be directly notified before any consequences are enforced.
Lawmakers move to boost privacy protections
Budapest, March 17 (MTI) – Lawmakers on Tuesday passed a law which introduces a new type of lawsuit to protect people’s rights by allowing them to restrict the use of third-party visual and audio recordings made of them.
The amendment calls for parties to the lawsuit to try and settle before taking their case to court. It also states that if a case is tried in court, it is the defendant who must prove that permission was obtained before a photograph or recording was made of the plaintiff.
Lawmakers give nod to 2016 interim census
Budapest, March 17 (MTI) – Lawmakers voted to endorse a motion to hold an interim census in Hungary in October 2016.
Lawmakers passed the motion with 142 governing, Jobbik and LMP lawmakers in favour, 5 independents against and 30 Socialists and an independent abstaining.
A full-scale census is held by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) every ten years, with the next one due in 2021.