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.