Strasbourg court rules Hungary must pay compensation to disabled pensioner

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The Hungarian state must pay more than €14,000 in compensation and legal fees to a woman from Baktalórántháza in northeastern Hungary, who was deprived of a part of her disability pension, the European Court of Human Rights said in an appealable ruling, Hungarian news agency MTI reported yesterday.

The judges said that the Hungary state violated her right to property.

The woman's eligibility for disability pension was withdrawn in 2010 pursuant to a modification of the applicable methodology but apparently without any substantial change in her health. In 2012 she once again applied for a disability pension after new regulations came in to effect making her eligible based on her condition. However, this application was refused because she failed to meet the requirement that a disabled person must have at least 1,095 days covered by social security in the five years preceding the submission of his or her request.

The court ruled that her disability pension was a right acquired through paying social security contributions prior to receiving disabled status and the state deprived her of this right – a violation of the European Convention of Human Rights.

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