Constitutional Court overturns ruling on Fudan Uni referendum

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Hungary's Constitutional Court has overturned a decision by the Kúria, the country's supreme court, that would have cleared referendum questions on the transfer of assets to a foundation supporting the local campus of China's Fudan University and on the extension of jobseekers' benefits, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

In a decision posted on its website on Wednesday, the Constitutional Court rejected the questions on the grounds that one affects commitments resulting from international contracts and the other fiscal matters, both prohibited from being addressed in referenda in the constitution.

The referendum questions - "Do you agree that Parliament should declare void the 2021 act on the Foundation for Fudan Hungary University and the transfer of assets to the Foundation for Fudan Hungary University?" and "Do you agree that the longest period jobseekers' benefits may be transferred should be 270 days?" were both initiated by Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony.

In a post on Facebook on Wednesday, Karácsony said the majority of the court's members had "obviously fulfilled the political expectations of Fidesz".

"Now our job is to find a way to at least allow the residents of Budapest to have their say in the matter," he added.

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