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Hungary – Request for opinion by PACE


In its Resolution 2162(2017) adopted on 27 April 2017, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe requested the opinion of the Venice Commission on the compatibility of the Hungarian draft law on the transparency of organisations receiving foreign funding as well as of the Act of 4 April 2017 amending the High Education Act, with the Council of Europe standards.

The draft opinion regarding foreign funding of NGOs is on the agenda of the June 2017 plenary session.

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During the current Covid-19 pandemic, national governments are taking exceptional measures to slow down the spread of the virus. On numerous occasions, the Venice Commission examined the limits of such emergency powers. The Commission has consistently underlined that State security and public safety can only be effectively guaranteed in a democracy which fully respects the rule of law. Even in genuine cases of emergency situations, the rule of law must prevail.



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