Tamás Sulyok: International constitutional dialogue is of primary importance

21 September 2018

At the event held on the 20th of September in Donáti Street, the President informed the representatives of the embassies, among others, on the introduction of real constitutional complaint by the Fundamental Law, allowing the persons seeking justice to turn directly to the Constitutional Court for legal remedy if their fundamental rights have been violated. The figures verify the success of the new institution: the number of constitutional complaints submitted to the Constitutional Court has been on a constant rise during the past six years and 75% of the complaints have been so called real constitutional complaints challenging judicial decisions. 60% of the annulled judicial decisions were set aside because the court decision violated the petitioners’ rights granted in the Fundamental Law to fair trial, freedom of expression or to effective legal remedy. As a part of court dialogue, it is a priority of the Constitutional Court to deal with judicial initiatives and it makes efforts to adjudicate them within a short time-frame.

The president emphasized: as in our constantly changing global, political, economic and social environment constitutional courts have to handle complex and sensitive issues both on national and international level, it is indispensable to have a regular exchange of opinions and experiences. The Constitutional Court of Hungary was among the first ones to establish in a decision in 2016 that judicial dialogue within the European Union is of primary importance.

Tamás Sulyok then presented some decisive recent decisions of the Constitutional Court that provided effective fundamental rights protection among others in the fields of the freedom of the press, the freedom of public debates, the legal status of churches and the equality between women and men.

The President finally thanked the ambassadors for their cooperation and expressed hopes for developing even closer cooperation in the future.