Report: FOI request would cost HUF 7.7 mln


Róbert Benedek Sallai, a politician from the Green Party (LMP), requested information from the National Land Fund about farmland tenders offered by the Hungarian government and was told that, due to amendments in the Freedom of Information Act, he would have to pay a fee of HUF 7.77 mln for the information, online daily reported today.

According to the online daily, if the fee for the enquiry is paid in full, the politician would be provided with documentation that does not contain the personal data of those who entered the tender, nor would it contain the evaluation register.

Under the recently amended Freedom of Information Act, an individual who files a public information enquiry can be charged for the expenses of postal delivery, photocopying and the hourly wages of staff working to fulfill the enquiry, if the office finds that it puts an “excessive burden” on employees, online daily mandiner.jog reported.

According to, Sallai said that he had indeed asked for too much information in his enquiry, and given that he cannot pay the full fee, he will narrow his request to members of parliament and leaders of the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture.


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