Budapest, March 1 (MTI) – Parliament on Tuesday passed a law designed to restrict public access to information concerning the national postal service.
The bill proposed by ruling Fidesz was criticised by opposition parties, civil organisations, as well as the National Data Protection Authority (NAIH). NAIH chief Attila Péterfalvi said that the law would significantly curtail transparency of the postal services’ operations and finances.
In wake of Péterfalvi’s remarks, Fidesz MP Erik Banki submitted changes to the bill, to stipulate that Hungarian Post should continue to provide information concerning the company’s utilisation of public funds such as state subsidies.
Under the new law, the Hungarian Post has the right to classify any information whose publication would “disproportionately” hurt its business interests.