New law lets relatives of government officials apply for public tenders

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Relatives of top politicians in Hungary can now apply for public procurement tenders, as long as they have separate living arrangements, according to a new law that was passed by Parliament yesterday, less than 24 hours after it was proposed, online daily origo.hu reported.

According to the official website of the Hungarian Parliament, lawmakers discussed and voted on the bill proposal in an “exceptional process”, origo.hu reports. In order to take effect, the law must be signed by the chairman of the Parliament and Hungary’s president, origo.hu added.

The online daily notes that current public procurement laws clearly state that the president, the prime minister, ministers and any of their relatives are not allowed to enter public procurement tenders, origo.hu said.

Origo.hu added that the new law changes the word “relative” to “living in the same household”. Providing an example, origo.hu says that under the new law, the prime minister’s son-in-law István Tiborcz can enter public procurement tenders if he does not live in the same household with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

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