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Parliament to discuss most two-thirds legislation in autumn, Fidesz MP says

Hungary's Parliament will discuss the bulk of legislation requiring a two-thirds majority under the newly adopted constitution during its autumn session, János Lázár, the leader of the parliamentary group of the governing Fidesz party, told on the public television channel MTV on Tuesday morning.

The bills related the government's Széll Kálmán structural reform plan and New Széchenyi Plan will be submitted first to Parliament, though some of the two-thirds laws could also be passed in the spring. But most of these bills, including legislation amending Hungary's local government, parliamentary and the judiciary systems, will probably be put on the lawmakers' agenda in September and October, he said.

Asked about Hungary's new election system, Lázár said it could be taken for granted that Hungary's next parliament would be composed of 200 members, down from 386 at present, and that Hungarian citizens living beyond the border would be granted the right to vote in the Hungarian elections, adding that it has not yet been decided what this voting right will require, he said.

Lázár excluded the possibility of early elections, an option several analysts has recently considered as a possibility.

President Pál Schmitt signed Hungary's new constitution on Easter Monday. The new constitution, to take effect on January 1, 2012, has made several pieces of legislation acts requiring a two-third majority.

Acts with an economic bearing and requiring a two-third majority are the legislation on the preservation, protection and management of national – state and local council – assets, including the definition and conditions of the eventual sale of such assets of national importance, legislation establishing the basic regulations of public burden distribution (taxation) and of the pension system, the central bank act, the act on the financial market regulator, the regulations governing the operation of the Fiscal Council, the organization and the operation of the State Audit Office.