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Unprecedented: The Hungarian Constitutional Court grants a future for nature

Posted On: 8 Mar 2021   |   Posted By: Client Earth

In a progressive decision, the Hungarian Constitutional Court has reinforced the country's nature conservation system. The decision on the 2017 amendment of the Act XXXVII of 2009 on Forest, Forest Protection and Management, published on June 15, 2020, clearly implies that those in charge should protect the environment at the cost of short-term economic profits.
The proceedings were initiated by the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, based on a complaint from a group of environmental NGOs who were concerned that controversial 2017 changes made to the Forest Act considerably weakened protection of sites and species. The Commissioner executed his constitutional right to request the Court to examine conformity of law with the Constitution.
Article P (1) of the Constitution
The Constitutional Court based its analysis on Article P (1) of the Constitution which says:
‘ atural resources , in particular arable land, forests and the reserves of water; biodiversity, in particular native plant and animal species;...

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