freelogoOur objective is to provide English speaking readers interested in Hungary with a well balanced view of political activities in Hungary by featuring contents from various printed and online sources together with our own commentaries. We are convinced that Hungary is built on all sorts of different ideas, thoughts and opinions and, despite of the new Media Law, our aim is to provide an alternative and reliable source of information – contrary to the one-sided press of the government – for those who want to hear the voice of a free Hungary.

Opposition parties fined to be given until July 1st to pay

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of National Economy, Minister Mihály Varga initiated talks with the National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary (NAV) and the Hungarian State Treasury regarding the State Audit Office’s (ÁSZ) fining of five opposition parties for allegedly accepting “forbidden campaign contributions.” Although the affected parties will still have to pay the fines, the Hungarian State Treasury has agreed to extend the deadline for doing so until July 1st.

In light of the circumstances (namely that a general election is scheduled to take place in April), Minister of National Economy Varga recommended NAV not initiate recovery procedures against the parties (that is, submit an incasso against their bank accounts) before the election. In this way, the fines would not affect the parties’ ability to contest the election.
However, as political parties in Hungary rely almost entirely on state funding to run their campaigns, the fines are likely to impact their ability to fight the election regardless of whether they are to be paid before or after voting.  Furthermore, the fines seem intended to compel opposition political parties to pay, and vendors to charge, full market price for campaign-related services in the run-up to the election. The move seems primarily intended to undermine the ability of former Fidesz oligarch and media magnate Lajos Simicska to assist Jobbik (in the same way he allegedly helped Fidesz in the 2010 and 2014 elections) in the form of discounted billboard and kiosk advertisements.
The statement follows last week’s announcement by Politics Can Be Different (LMP), followed by Democratic Coalition (DK) and Jobbik, that they would not voluntarily pay the fines, which they claim are politically motivated and intended to undermine their ability to contest the election.
Jobbik’s parliamentary delegation head János Volner told Magyar Nemzet that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sees that the ÁSZ fine is counterproductive and actually harms ruling party Fidesz.
Last month the State Audit Office announced that it would fine Jobbik and four other opposition parties (Politics Can Be Different, Democratic Coalition, Együtt and Dialogue for Hungary) for “forbidden campaign finance.” ÁSZ claimed that services, such as office rental, provided at below market rates constituted a form of prohibited finance contribution.  The opposition parties point out that many of the contracts in question were concluded several years ago and passed earlier inspections.
December marked the first time in its 28-year history ÁSZ proposed to fine parties for “prohibited campaign finance.”  The fines, which range from a few million in the case of smaller opposition parties to HUF 663 million in the case of Jobbik, Hungary’s largest opposition party, were announced at the end of 2017 even though historically ÁSZ had waited until the closure of the fiscal year before inspecting party finances for that year.

Source: Magyar Nemzet

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 January 2018 08:59



Written on 21/12/2017, 21:09 by admin
jerusalemJerusalem, the eternal capital of the state of Israel and the Jewish people, finally got the official recognition which was overdue for decades....
Written on 13/09/2017, 20:13 by admin
guest-post-eu-and-orban-two-good-friendsThe decision of the European Court of Justice, according to which Hungary should accomodate more than one thousand refugees is at the same time appaling...
Written on 06/10/2016, 19:58 by admin
guest-post-the-day-after-the-referendumThe much anticipated referendum about the resettlement of migrants in Hungary was declared invalid, however, those who voted overwhelmingly rejected the...
Written on 23/06/2016, 06:31 by admin
disintegration-or-something-else-gyurcsany-s-solutions-to-the-ills-of-western-democracies  Something has gone wrong. Quietly, but ever more noticeably, more and more people in more and more places are in revolt. In the American...
Written on 06/04/2016, 19:20 by admin
how-germany-and-its-leftist-liberal-supporters-killed-solidaritySolidarity. This is the word that is probably is the most used and misused term in European politics. Its original meaning is supposed to mean to show...
Written on 23/03/2016, 20:30 by admin
the-orban-regime-can-only-end-in-failure  Change in the Orbán regime is only possible in the event of its downfall, so ruling Fidesz either becomes successful with its current set of...
Written on 23/03/2016, 20:20 by admin
anger-or-resignation  No matter how hard Mr Orbán is trying to get rid of his old cronies, he just cannot get rid of himself. He is too old for his system. The...
Written on 14/01/2016, 20:51 by admin
europe-s-new-yearThe European continent had a very difficult year in 2015, but that may be dwarfed by 2016. The most heated issue will be, without a doubt, the migration...
Written on 09/12/2015, 14:16 by admin
the-secret-diaries-of-viktor-orban-nov-dec-2015November 14th 2015I awoke to the shocking news about the Paris attacks last night. Words cannot express my feelings of shock.It turns out that one of the...
Written on 12/11/2015, 14:31 by admin
spies-in-the-newsroom   According to a new scheme, the government might place spies in the newsrooms, to have a better view of what is being written. This all...
Joomla templates by Joomlashine