State of Emergency Ends in Hungary, New One Declared Over Ukrainian War
- 31 Oct 2022 6:38 AM
KTK highlighted that the government would also submit a bill to Parliament on extending the state of emergency. Since the rules in the Fundamental Law regarding state of emergency declarations will change as of November 1, Parliament has to end the currently-valid state of emergency and declare a new state of emergency in accordance with the new powers provided in the Fundamental Law.
According to the governmental body, “the special legal system still needs to be maintained because of the protracted armed conflict in Ukraine, a neighbor of Hungary, and the resulting humanitarian disaster. Even the economic effects of the war and the sanctions put Hungary in an extraordinary situation.”
The government has used the wartime state of emergency decree as a pretext to justify many unrelated actions, and has refused to release data in the public interest about it.
The decree covers nearly all areas of life, from the use of the SZÉP card to export bans, new mining permits, energy supply rules, price caps on fuel and food, and health regulations.
On Monday, Parliament voted for states of emergency to last for only 180 days, but allowing them to be renewed indefinitely.
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