The European Commission has started an infringement procedure against Hungary for its law on NGOs well known as ‘Stop Soros’, imposing a ban on foreign-funded organizations from rendering assistance to migrants.
A clash continues between the European Commission and Hungary over observance of the rule of law and migration issue.
On February 18 Brussels launched a new infringement procedure against the Hungarian law on NGOs suppressing foreign-funded NGOs if they work to better migration conditions. Under the current law, these NGOs are considered a risk to national security, as reported by infomigrants.net.
The law violates EU rules
The Commission has prepared a formal letter of notice that is the first step within the EU infringement procedure. The Commission’s letter specified that Hungary had not satisfied a sentence of the European Court of Justice. It states that the law on NGOs violates EU rules as it offends against the free circulation of capital, freedom of association, and protection of personal data.
According to an EU spokesperson, If Viktor Orban’s government does not provide a detailed explanation by April 18, the European Commission may ask the court to hand down pecuniary sanctions on the country.
Another infringement procedure
In another case, the EU passed a decision to advance a second infringement procedure, which was first opened in October. It means sending a motivated opinion (that is the second stage of the procedure) to Budapest regarding its national legislation on asylum rights that was passed during the pandemic.
The EU is of the view that Hungary’s legislation illegally restricts access to asylum procedures, since it precludes non-EU citizens inside of Hungarian territory, including the border, from filing requests for international protection. So, Budapest has two months to respond or the case may end up in front of the EU court.