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ELECTION CAMPAIGN: THE HUNGARIAN STATE IN ACTION

After a 50-day official campaign period, general elections were held in Hungary on 3 April, and FIDESZ, in government since 2010, won a supermajority for the fourth time. The election results are hardly surprising given the government's gravity in campaigning. 

Orban’s Fidesz has likely overspent in Hungary’s election campaign

Fidesz itself seems to have violated the spending cap of HUF 1.177 bn, just with its billboard ads worth HUF 1.4 bn. Altogether pro-government forces have spent HUF 3bn on outdoor ads in March.

EU’S FINANCIAL INTERESTS SAFEGUARDED. OR NOT?

The EU Court of Justice has given green light to the Commission’s Rule of Law mechanism: the misuse of EU funds could soon have more severe consequences. The Luxembourg court's ruling comes after Hungary, criticized for systemic corruption, and Poland, whose judicial independence is under threat, asked the CJEU to annul the Regulation on the conditionality system for protecting the EU budget, saying the EU had no right to adopt it.

Hungary’s State of Corruption Heading Towards Elections

After 12 years of authoritarian rule, Orbán’s System of National Cooperation has reached its final shape. In 2021 Fidesz did its best to cement its positions in oversight institutions and markets it hijacked. Without being really aware of it, Hungarians donated national assets worth billions of Euros to the power elite of the regime. The institutions concerned have largely accepted this logic of power, just as the majority of the society.

THERE IS NOTHING MYSTERIOUS ABOUT PUBLIC BUDGETS: IT'S OUR MONEY!

We published a website covering the 2022 national budget with a data visualization based on comprehensive data. The central government has never created a 'Citizens’ budget' document that would illustrate how the money is being spent and why.

OMNIBUS BILL PASSED, PROSECUTOR GENERAL POLT TO BE IRREMOVABLE WITHOUT SUPERMAJORITY

On 9 November, the Hungarian parliament with the supermajority of ruling Fidesz MPs adopted amendments submitted by the Government to laws on the judiciary, public offices, expropriation, privatisation of the housing stock and elections. This is a brief summary of the most important changes. 

RRF: HOW FAR WILL THE EU GO TO PROTECT ITS FINANCIAL INTERESTS IN HUNGARY?

Many Member States have already received the first tranche of billions of euros made available from the EU Recovery Instrument, but Hungary's Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) has not yet been approved by the EU. 

HCLU and K-Monitor published their Corruption Report

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) and K-Monitor launched a joint corruption monitoring program in September 2020 to analyze quarterly how government measures under the pandemic fuel corruption and undermine the rule of law. This is the English summary of the last four reports.

Hungarian NGOs contribute to the European Commission’s second Rule of Law Report

Eight Hungarian NGOs submitted a joint contribution in the stakeholder consultation launched by the European Commission for its second annual Rule of Law Report. The Commission’s Rule of Law Report pertaining to 2019 identified substantial problems severely threatening the rule of law in Hungary in all four areas examined. According to the NGOs, the situation has deteriorated further in 2020.

Join Our Online Conference: Local Governments Under Pressure

To prepare for the post-pandemic period we decided to dedicate the second edition of our Conspiracy for Democracy conference to the effects of the pandemic on local governance in East-Central Europe.

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