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.

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.

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.

The Constitutional Court established an omission by the National Assembly regarding the sale of Natura 2000 lands in state ownership

26 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.

The Constitutional Court adopted another decision protecting natural resources

26 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.

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

26 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.

Successful introduction of constitutional complaint in Hungary

26 September 2017

For the first time in the history of the institution, as much as 40 ambassadors accredited to Hungary participated at the reception offered by the president of the Constitutional Court and held in Budapest in the hall of the Constitutional Court. The purpose of organising this event was to convey authentic information to the international public on the role of the Constitutional Court in the Hungarian democracy, the significant powers it has in the field of protecting fundamental rights, its competences, and its members elected on the basis of a political consensus. Tamás Sulyok emphasized to the participating diplomats the importance of widening international relations and close dialogues in the field of judicial cooperation.

Tamás Sulyok: the duty of the Constitutional Court is the protection of the weak against the excessive power of the strong ones

18 September 2017

As the guest of honour of the Budapest celebration commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the independence of Indonesia, the president of the Constitutional Court announced in the presence of diplomats that the next term of the Constitutional Court shall be a period of intensive international opening and international dialogue. Since the year 2012, the introduction of real constitutional complaint, the Hungarian Constitutional Court has caught up with the trendsetting tendencies in the field of the protection of fundamental rights that prevail in Western Europe and in particular in Germany. In Hungary, the Constitutional Court considers the protection of rights to be its main duty and through its decisions the Court exercises a significant impact on the citizens’ everyday life.

Lenaerts: the law of the European Union is part of the European identity

18 September 2017

Tamás Sulyok: the Hungarian quota-decision is a pioneer step in Europe. Fundamental rights and the protection of national identity are in the focus.

21 July 2017

From 17 July 2017 till 25 August 2017 the Constitutional Court has judicial vacations

21 July 2017