Parliament to hold extra sessions

Parliament

The Hungarian parliament scheduled extraordinary sessions for today in order to discuss planned changes to the road toll system in the morning and to approve it in the afternoon, when the two recently approved legislative amendments that were sent back by President János Áder on Friday would be discussed.

According to Hungarian news agency MTI, the extra session on the road toll changes was initiated by the opposition Socialist party while the discussion of the two amendments to be reconsidered by the governing Fidesz.

Áder declined to sign an amendment that would essentially keep major supermarket chains that are unprofitable for two years in a row staying in business. According to the president, the legislation as written goes against EU regulations, which is why he returned it to legislators. The bill includes a provision banning the construction of new shopping centers, and Antal Rogán, Fidesz' parliamentary group leader, said on Sunday that the ban should be maintained.

In line with the scheduled agenda published on the Parliament’s website, lawmakers are expected to first discuss the legislation committee's report and amendment proposal for the two amendments, which will be followed by a final vote.

The Hungarian Socialist party (MSZP) collected the required number of signatures for an extraordinary parliamentary session initiated by the party on the planned changes in the road toll system on December 16. The Socialists would like Parliament to pass a resolution to guarantee that the road sections concerned will remain free to use next year.

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