The Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and the Eötvös Károly Institute has compiled nine comprehensive fact sheets on some of the most important changes related to the rule of law in Hungary.
The new Constitution of Hungary (also called Fundamental Law) entered into force on January 1st 2012, despite many criticisms raised by Hungarian and European NGOs, many Members of the European Parliament, the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, several diplomats around the world. AEDH considers that this Constitution, and the cardinal laws attached to it, adopted these past 6 months, endanger democracy and rule of law in Hungary and are against the fundamental values of the European Union.
The European Parliament adopted, on Thursday March 10th 2011, a Written declaration on establishing European Statutes for associations, foundations and mutual sociaties. This declaration was supported by 5 Members of the European Parliament and, thanks to the efforts of these members and civil society organisations, it was signed by a majority of MEPs and therefore became an official act of the European Parliament. The declaration will now be passed to the European Commission, the Council and the governments and parliaments of Member States.
The Treaty on European Union (TEU) reinforces citizenship of the Union and enhances further the democratic functioning of the Union by providing, inter alia, that every citizen is to have the right to participate in the democratic life of the Union by way of a European
citizens’ initiative. That procedure affords citizens the possibility of directly approaching the Commission with a request inviting it to submit a proposal for a legal act of the Union for the purpose of implementing the Treaties similar to the right conferred on the European Parliament under Article 225 of the Treaty on the Functioning
of the European Union (TFEU) and on the Council under Article 241 TFEU.
Note to the attention of the Institutional Affairs Committee for the hearing of 18 March, by Jean-Paul Jacqué, emeritus professor at the University of Strasbourg and emeritus general Director.
The European Convention on Human Rights which was adopted on November, 4th 2010, is now entering its sixtieth year, as it was reminded at the opening of this meeting. Charles Péguy distinguished the times and periods.