26 September 2013
Andreas Voßkuhle, President of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, and Péter Paczolay, President of Constitutional Court of Hungary, opened the all-day discussion between the judges of the Courts in the building of the Hungarian Constitutional Court. President Péter Paczolay and each Hungarian judge, President Andreas Voßkuhle, Vice-President Ferdinand Kirchhof, and further three German judges took part in the meeting in Budapest.
The judges informed each other about the general and current issues concerning their institutions. Péter Paczolay presented the recent changes regarding the competences and the rules of operation following the enactment of the Fundamental Law and the new Act on Constitutional Court. The President emphasized – among the concerned issues – the new type of the constitutional complaint and its admissibility procedure, the new Rules of Procedure of the Constitutional Court, the fourth amendment of the Fundamental Law and its effect on the work of the Court. Furthermore, Péter Paczolay mentioned the restriction of the Court’s competence regarding budget and tax cases which is maintained by the Fundamental Law as well.
At the end of the meeting President Voßkuhle invited President Paczolay and the judges of the Hungarian Constitutional Court to pay a working visit in Karlsruhe, to the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, in order to continue the discussion there.