Parliament annuls NGO reporting law

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Hungary's parliament on Tuesday voted to annul legislation requiring NGOs to make full disclosure of foreign funding, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

The legislation was approved with a vote of 136 for, 30 against and 29 abstentions.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in June 2020 that Hungarian legislation requiring NGOs to make full disclosure of foreign funding over a certain threshold violates EU rules on the free movement of capital as well as the fundamental rights to protection of personal data and freedom of association enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

The authors of the legislation approved on Tuesday said the provisions serve to comply with the CJEU ruling, adding that the ruling "confirmed that ensuring the transparency of support provided to organizations capable of significantly influencing public debate can serve the overriding public interest".

While annulling the old legislation, the authors said they "seek to legislate new rules that conform with European Union law".

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