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A major win for the civil society of Hungary: EU Court rules that NGO Transparency Law is contrary to EU Treaties

Posted On: 1 Sep 2020   |   Posted By: Client Earth

Csaba Kiss is an environmental attorney at EMLA , part of Justice & Environment network.
Judgment of 18 June 2020, case C-78/18 European Commission v Hungary
The EU Court has ruled that the provisions of a Hungarian law that impose obligations of registration, declaration and publication, as well as significant penalties, on NGOs receiving funding from third countries are contrary to the EU Treaties. The case arose from infringement proceedings brought against Hungary by the European Commission, supported by Sweden. However, despite the judgment, the provisions remain in force and continue to affect NGOs registered in Hungary.
Background
In 2017 The Hungarian Parliament enacted a law “on the transparency of organizations supported from abroad”. The law was most probably designed to fulfil a part of the Government's policy that puts non-governmental organizations under pressure.
While the preamble to this Transparency Law states, inter alia, that civil society...

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