18 July 2012
The Hungarian Government commented on the draft opinion of the Venice Commission regarding the new Hungarian Act on the Constitutional Court. The HHC, the HCLU, and the Eötvös Károly Institute outlined and assessed the reactions of the Government.
The three NGO’s overall assessment is that the Government did not take the critique of the Venice Commission seriously and did not accept its suggestions. The Government’s response did not indicate any willingness to review or amend provisions with which the Venice Commission had grave concern, not even those provisions which the Venice Commission indicated as not in conformity with the Fundamental Law. This governmental attitude is worrying because compromising the Constitutional Court leads directly to compromising the already-seriously-weakened constitutional protection both at domestic and international level.
The NGO's analysis is available here.