Hungary’s top court gives green light to migrant quota referendum

By bne IntelliNews May 3, 2016

Hungary’s supreme court - The Curia - gave the green light to a government application to hold a referendum on the EU’s migrant quota system on May 3.

While the recent scandal over the central bank’s spending and repeated strikes from teachers maintain pressure on Prime Minister Vikor Orban and the Fidesz government, the decision will give ruling party Fidesz another chance to try to regain control of the media agenda.

Orban’s hardline stance on immigration revived support through 2015. However, when the far-right Jobbik proposed a referendum on the EU's mandatory quota system for migrants in October, Fidesz was opposed. "The issue is connected to obligations arising from international treaties, thus it cannot be voted on at a referendum, according to the Fundamental Law,” the party's faction leader Lajos Kosa argued at the time.

Fidesz, however, expressed no such concerns when Orban announced a few months later his referendum plans. The question that will be put before voters translates as: “Do you want to allow the European Union to mandate the resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens to Hungary without the approval of the National Assembly?”

After the National Election Committee passed the question, it was brought before the Curia by opposition parties. The court ruled that the proposed referendum does not violate the constitution. The government-initiated proposal can be voted on by the parliament next week; Fidesz expects to hold the referendum in September.

Hungary has so far accepted none of the 1,294 refugees it was allocated to host under the EU relocation quota system. According to the Financial Times, the European Commission now plans to put forward a scheme that will impose fines - €250,000 per refugee - on countries that refuse to take refugees under revised EU asylum laws to be presented on May 4.

Related Articles

Waberer’s finally set to deliver an IPO on Hungarian bourse

Hungarian trucking company Waberer’s International is preparing for an IPO on the Budapest Stock Exchange in July, according to media claims. If accurate, the reports will be hugely welcome in ... more

Hungarian PM's "proxy" moves into the nuclear industry as Paks tenders approach

Firms controlled by Hungarian oligarch Lorinc Meszaros have purchased a 51% stake in the Hungarian subsidiary of Czech nuclear ... more

RBI doubles net profit y/y in Q1 as Russian business recovers

Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), the second largest bank operating across Central and Eastern Europe by assets, reported that net profit almost doubled year-on-year to €220mn in the first ... more

Register here to continue reading this article and 2 more for free or purchase 12 months full website access including the bne Magazine for just $119/year.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

To continue viewing our content you need to complete the registration process.

Please look for an email that was sent to with the subject line "Confirmation bne IntelliNews access". This email will have instructions on how to complete registration process. Please check in your "Junk" folder in case this communication was misdirected in your email system.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and magazine

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and monthly magazine, the leading source of business, economic and financial news and commentary in emerging markets.

Your subscription includes:
  • Full access to the bne content daily news and features on the website
  • Newsletters direct to your mailbox
  • Print and digital subscription to the monthly bne magazine
  • Digital subscription to the weekly bne newspaper

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

bne IntelliNews
$119 per year

All prices are in US dollars net of applicable taxes.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Register for free to read bne IntelliNews Magazine. You'll receive a free digital subscription.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

IntelliNews Pro offers daily news updates delivered to your inbox and in-depth data reports.
Get the emerging markets newswire that financial professionals trust.

"No day starts for my team without IntelliNews Pro" — UBS

Thank-you for requesting an IntelliNews Pro trial. Our team will be in contact with you shortly.

Dismiss