The Hungarian Parliament this Tuesday approved the repeal of the 2017 law governing the functioning of NGOs and has been criticized in recent years by European institutions, both the European Commission and the Court of Justice of the EU, which in 2020 will Restrictions as “discriminatory and unjustified”.
The law stipulated that organizations that had received a certain amount of money from abroad had to identify themselves to the authorities and disclose the names of their donors. The opposition and the NGOs themselves denounced this reform from the start when they saw Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s attempt to curb potentially critical activities.
The government finally agreed to repeal the law in April, and finally MPs gave final approval, although Parliament also approved another text suggesting that the state auditor prepare annual reports on NGOs that meet certain requirements .
Organizations have also spoken out against this new path, provided they understand that it can lead to covert pressure. In the words of Amnesty International’s director in Hungary, Daid Vig, “it also threatens independence and the work of civil society.”