Hungarian Government Treads the Rule of Law – Law-Defenders Say
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 13:21
Non-governmental organisations say a number of decisions made in the past half-year offend the rule of law. The Károly Eötvös Institute, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (TASZ) report in their announcement that the Government decreased the role of independent institutions in controlling power and destructed the system of checks and balances. Signatories of the document listed examples such as the limitation of the Constitutional Court’s competency, the decision on firing government officials without justification, the further reduction of prosecutors’ responsibility towards public law and politics, the annullation of the Fiscal Council’s budget, and ‘breaking’ the prohibition of ex post facto regulations.