Entry into force of the new Constitution of Hungary: a threat to democracy and rights – 6 January 2012

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.

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The European Parliament commits itself for a European statutes for associations, foundations and mutual societies – 10 March 2011

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.

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The EU issues its legislation on the Citizens’ Initiative – March 23rd 2011

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.

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