- 20 Jul 2018 8:08 AM
- Hungary Matters
EC spokesperson Mina Andreevna told a press briefing on Thursday that the commission has sent the Hungarian government a letter of formal notice concerning the “Stop Soros” laws and related constitutional amendments.
The EC gave the Hungarian authorities two months to respond to its concerns. The Hungarian parliament passed the contested laws in June, aimed at penalising the “promotion or organisation of illegal migration”.
The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe earlier criticised some passages in the new legislation, arguing that they would seriously hinder the operation of legitimate civil groups.
Also on Thursday, the EC said it will refer Hungary to the Court of Justice of the European Union over the country’s asylum law, initiating the third phase of the ongoing infringement procedure concerning that legislation. The infringement procedure was launched in December 2015.