The formation of constituencies is closely linked to the realisation of the right to vote. Therefore statutory regulation is necessary to demarcate the specific voting districts and define the authoritative standpoints relating to changes to constituency boundaries.
An act providing for the introduction of a special retroactive 98% tax, if the income was given contrary to good morals by organisations managing state property or by state owned or governed organisations, was considered to be a “confiscatory” tax.
The Law on the Introduction and Operation of the Single Payment Scheme to Agriculture has a disadvantageous effect on agricultural growers who entered the market after 2006 or acquired new cultivation areas.
The reforms brought about by the Lisbon Treaty are of paramount importance, but do not change the fact that Hungary retains its independence, and its status with respect to the rule of law.
The first two books of the new Civil Code did not come into force on 1 May 2010, after the Constitutional Court declared the Act on the entry into force unconstitutional. The reason for this was that the sixty-day deadline by which the authorities and all interested parties should have examined the new provisions that were to take effect in the first stage was “excessively tight”. Moreover, the Court held that the new Civil Code’s “two-stage entry into force” would have required the relevant authorities to accommodate a multitude of legislative changes twice within a short period of time. This would have run counter to the principle of legal certainty.
Granting legislative powers to the President of the Hungarian Financial Supervisory Authority would have required constitutional amendment.
The Registered Partnership Act, under which the institution of registered partnership is only available to same sex couples, is not contrary to the Constitution.
The freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution does not exclude limitations on business advertising activity. Tobacco corporations are not citizens; they do not have ideas of their own and are not therefore given the fundamental right to free speech in the same way as real people. Consequently, the state can impose limits on tobacco advertising.
A wealth tax was to provide the tax authority with a nearly unlimited right of appraisal and exemptions were to be solely based on the value of property, not taking into account the number of its owners.