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Hungarian human rights monitor takes pension change to European court

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee, which monitors human rights in the country, is turning to the European Court of Human Rights over a government decision that discriminates against Hungarians who opted out of a recent move back to the state pension pillar, program director Balázs Tóth said on Wednesday.

Hungarian members of private pension funds had until the end of January to opt out of a move, along with their retirement savings, back to the state pension pillar. Those that decided against the move lost their right to pension contributions by their employers, which goes against the ban on discrimination in the European Convention on Human Rights, Balázs said.

About 97% of private pension fund members returned to the state pillar. Some 103,000 opted out of the move.

The court could take a decision on the case in one and a half or two years, Tóth said.