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Jun
26

HUNGARY’S NGO-LAW AND THE ECJ RULING: WHAT NEXT

Financial Times posted the above-titled article which reads in part as follows:

“Hungary’s so-called ‘NGO law’ is a violation of several EU principles, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled last Thursday. In a decision that caused little surprise among observers, the EU’s highest court backed up its Advocate General, pointing out that the restrictions imposed by the law are in breach of three articles of the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights as well as Article 63 of the Maastricht Treaty.

Limiting civic space under the guise of transparency

The piece of legislation, officially named Law on the Transparency of Organizations which receive Support from Abroad, or Transparency Law, was passed in June 2017. Supposedly designed to increase transparency and fight money-laundering and terrorism financing, it imposed strict regulations on foreign-funded Civil Society Organizations (CSOs): any organization or association receiving more than 24,000€ a year from abroad is obliged to declare itself as a ‘foreign-supported organization’ in all its publications and its online presence.”

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