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2017.09.18Tamás Sulyok: the duty of the Constitutional Court is the protection of the weak against the excessive power of the strong ones

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.

2017.09.18Lenaerts: the law of the European Union is part of the European identity

On 4 September, in Budapest the president of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) underlined the importance of European judicial cooperation. Mr. Koen Lenaerts paid an official visit to Hungary including talks with Constitutional Court president Tamás Sulyok and Curia president Péter Darák.

2017.06.30Tamás Sulyok: the Hungarian quota-decision is a pioneer step in Europe. Fundamental rights and the protection of national identity are in the focus.

In Batumi, at the XVIIth conference of European constitutional courts, the president of the Constitutional Court emphasized: in December last year the Hungarian Constitutional Court was the first in Europe to establish in a decision with a binding force on everyone that the safeguarding of our national identity can only be achieved in the European Union in the framework of a dialogue with each other. This way, the Constitutional Court endorsed the safeguarding both of our Hungarian and our European identities.

2017.06.15Certain provisions of the Act of Parliament requiring judges’ national security vetting are in contravention of the Fundamental Law of Hungary

The Constitutional Court (henceforth: the Court) has found that certain provisions of the National Security Agencies Act violate judicial independence and the fundamental right to respect for privacy, which are protected under the Fundamental Law of Hungary. Therefore the Court has annulled those provisions. The protection of national security interests is not only a constitutional aim but also a state obligation, but the impugned regulation may give rise to abuses that are incompatible with judicial independence. In the Court’s view the exceptional significance of judicial independence for the rule of law makes it imperative that rules pertaining to the judicial branch of power are absolutely clear.

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