In its decision published today, the Constitutional Court found that the Government Decree on the classification as of national strategic importance the acquisition of the Central European Press and Media Foundation (KESMA), ECHO HUNGÁRIA TV Television, Communication and Service Private Limited Company, Magyar Idők Kiadó Limited Liability Company, New Wave Media Group Communications and Service Provider Limited Liability Company and OPUS PRESS Private Limited Company in not in conflict with the Fundamental Law.
In its decision of 15 June 2020, the Constitutional Court stated that several elements of the 2017 amendment of the Act XXXVII of 2009 on the Forest, Forest Protection and Forest Management is unconstitutional. The Constitutional Court therefore annulled these provisions, allowing the forestry and nature conservation authorities to order, in all forests, the measures strictly necessary for the protection of the particular natural values of the forest concerned.
The Constitutional Court established as a constitutional requirement that the courts may not dispense with the application of Hungarian law, provided that EU law is not affected.
The Act on the containment of coronavirus adopted by the National Assembly also affects the Constitutional Court. As long as the announced state of danger exists, the members of the Court bear enhanced responsibility. The state of danger also implies that – in case the National Assembly does not have sittings – the Constitutional Court shall act as the main control of the Government’s orders. With account to this, the president of the Constitutional Court has taken multiple measures.