February 17th, 2017

Fidesz to submit bill on transparency of civil groups in March

Deputies of the Fidesz party will submit their proposal aimed at “ensuring transparency of Hungarian branches of foreign organisations” to parliament next month, group leader Lajos Kósa said. Speaking on the sidelines of a group meeting of the ruling parties in Visegrád, north of Budapest, Kósa said that “voters should know that such organisations, financed from abroad, seek to exert influence in Hungary.”

Speaking on the sidelines of a group meeting of the ruling parties in Visegrád, north of Budapest, Kósa said that “voters should know that such organisations, financed from abroad, seek to exert influence in Hungary.” Under the proposal, these organisations would be required to reveal sources of their financing and the purpose of donations they receive, Kósa said. Failing to provide that “little information” their activities would be suspended, he said, but added that senior officials of the subject organisations would not be required to make a declaration of their private assets.

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  • National Hiphop

    Somehow I’m reminded of a certain song, which goes like:
    “I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy”…

  • “their activities would be suspended”

    I suppose that any special status NGOs have tax-wise or administratively can be removed, but their activities can hardly be suspended.

    That people come together and organise events/happenings/actions never needs any Governmental approval, except in dictatorships of course.
    The problem here is that Kosa speaks like if he was the Dictator, but that role is reserved for the Viktator.

    The effect of such a law/measurement will be that this type of activities will be administratively based outside of Hungary and will go underground inside Hungary, which in some way will strengthen the really needed/popular organisations, for which Hungarians are ready to support with the increase discomfort Fidesz will try to create for these Hungarians. These organisations will get the ‘dissident’-stamp which undoubtedly will propel them into future stardom, but they and their supporters will have a few bad years ahead of them.

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