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A quarter of a century for the development of Austrian-Hungarian relations between the constitutional courts

29 October 2017

Heading the delegation of the Constitutional Court of Austria, Gerhart Holziner visited Pannonhalma on the invitation of the president of the Hungarian Constitutional Court. Minister of Justice László Trócsányi presented to the president of the Constitutional Court of Austria the state medal of the Grand Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit (civilian division) and president of the Constitutional Court Tamás Sulyok awarded him the Medal of the Constitutional Court. The ceremony was preceded by the joint session of the judges of the two constitutional courts where they reviewed the relation between the Austrian and Hungarian constitutional courts and the European Court of Justice as well as the European Court of Human Rights.

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The Constitutional Court adopted another decision protecting natural resources

29 October 2017

The National Assembly caused a violation of the Fundamental Law manifested in an omission by not providing for the adoption of a regulation – along with the amendment of the Act on the National Land Fund – to secure the long-term preservation of the National Land Fund’s assets protected by cardinal rules. The purpose of the Land Fund is to protect and preserve for the future generations the natural resources, in particular arable land, forests, water stock as well as indigenous species of plants and animals. The amended regulations do not exclude the possibility to risk the realisation of these aims due to using the revenue for decreasing state debt. The Constitutional Court order the application of the precautionary principle as one of the most severe rules of environmental law.

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The Constitutional Court established a legislative omission regarding the sale of Natura 2000 lands

29 October 2017

In a procedure of posterior norm control, the Constitutional Court dealt with certain legal questions related to the sale of State-owned lands that belong to the Natura 2000 network. The special weight of the decision lies in the fact that it has been for the first time since the establishment of the Constitutional Court that it has comprehensively reviewed the legal requirements of preserving the fauna and flora, i.e. the biodiversity of Hungary.

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