Kövér: Rules criticised by Strasbourg court no longer in effect

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The regulations criticised by a recent Strasbourg Court’s ruling are no longer in effect,the parliamentary speaker said, according to 444.hu. 

The European Court of Human Rights said earlier on Tuesday that the Hungarian parliament had harmed free speech by fining the opposition LMP and PM parties for acts of protest in the chamber.

Parliament’s Press Office said that Speaker László Kövér had acknowledged the Strasbourg Court’s ruling, but noted that the criticised regulations are no longer in effect. An amended Parliament Act, which came into effect on May 6, 2014, when a new parliament was formed after the general election, had already put in place options for MPs to seek legal recourse if their salaries were reduced, the office said.

Parliament has no more responsibilities in connection with Tuesday’s ruling, as the new house rules are fully in line with the Treaty of Rome, by allowing lawmakers to seek redress from Parliament’s immunities committee or even the Parliament itself over decisions involving their pay cuts, it added. 

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