May 10th, 2013

Transparency Int’l welcomes Áder’s “veto” of law restricting public information

Transparency International has welcomed President János Áder’s action in sending back, for further consideration by parliament, the draft law on restricting access to public information.

NGOs such as Transparency International, K-Monitor and the Civil Liberties Union, as well as the atlatszo.hu anti-corruption website have called the draft law a brutal attack on information liberty, which would have made it very difficult for ordinary citizens to gain access to data of public interest.

Áder wrote in a letter to Speaker László Kövér that the draft bill on public information gives authorities too much leeway to decide which information requests to act on.

Áder also sent back a bill on a relaxation of the rules governing conflicts of interest affecting senior officials at the chamber of agriculture.

With regard to the latter bill, Áder noted that it still contains unresolved issues – relating to the holders of multiple positions – that could prevent the chamber of agriculture from functioning.

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  • Aloof

    “Great! So let’s see all the data and details surrounding the Tobacco Shop scandal then. Lazar being part of a “democratic government” should have no problem with that then right?

  • Orban Viktor

    Thank you for helping Janos, now I will make it a constitutional amendment.

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