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Hungary will cut back on the number of religions it recognizes next year, while those who apply for recognition will need to obtain approval from at least two thirds of parliament, according to a bill published on Tuesday on the government's website reports News24.
The number of recognised religions in Hungary will fall to 14 from more than 300 at present and will include such so-called traditional faiths: the Catholic, Reformed, Evangelical and Orthodox Churches as well as Judaism.A religious community can only receive state subsidies if it is officially recognised in Hungary.
The bill was passed with the backing of Fidesz party, which holds a two-thirds majority in parliament, and will come into effect on January 1, 2012.