HUNGARY: Civil Society Organisations across Europe join in solidarity with people

(CIVILSOCIETYStatement to Hungarian people and civil society organisations – we stand in solidarity with you!

We, representatives of European civil society, hereby express our solidarity with the Hungarian NGOs who were most recently targeted by the bill on the “transparency of organisations receiving foreign funds”. At the same time we wish to express our deepest support for the people who have taken the streets of Budapest to protest against this renewed attack on basic freedoms in Hungary.

The legislative proposal that was tabled in the Hungarian parliament on 7 April would force NGOs receiving more than € 24,000 per year from outside Hungary to register as “civic organisations receiving foreign funds”. This includes funding from EU sources not managed by a Hungarian institution. This would effectively stigmatise any organisation that receives such funding.

The current bill is not an isolated occurrence. It is part of a wider governmental effort aimed at undermining the credibility of civil society in Hungary. Here, we specifically refer to the recently launched national consultation ‘Let’s stop Brussels’. The questionnaire accuses international NGOs operating in Hungary of interfering “in internal affairs […] in a non-transparent way” and of inciting “illegal immigrants […] to commit illegal acts”.

The current legislation regulating civil society organisations already provides sufficient mechanisms for guaranteeing that these organisations conduct their work in a transparent, lawful and accountable manner. If accepted in its current form, the new bill tabled by the government would be unprecedented in a European Union member state. It would also severely constrain the space of action of independent civil society organisations at a time when other checks and balances have been significantly weakened in Hungary.

Civil Society Organisations should have the same right to operate freely and independently in fundraising and projects as prescribed in International Human rights law and also in line with article 11 of the EU Treaties.

Based on these concerns, we call on the Hungarian government to withdraw the bill. Rather than stigmatising NGOs with an unnecessary and harmful piece of legislation, we urge Hungary’s leaders to support NGOs which work for the well-being of society.

On a European level we join our forces to raise awareness about the situation to the highest political level and call for immediate action:

  • on the European Parliament to adopt a resolution urging the Hungarian Government to withdraw the bill on NGOs following its debate on the situation in Hungary on 26 April, condemning firmly this law and demanding to withdraw it.
  • on the European Commission to use as announced by the College of Commissioners all instruments at their disposal to uphold EU values as enshrined in article 2 of the EU treaties.
  • on the European Council to engage with concrete steps by similarly applying pressure on the Hungarian government.
  • on all EU institutions to adopt a consistent and systematic monitoring of the state of fundamental rights and democratic values in EU member States in a period when these rights are being undermined by several governments. This can only be achieved through an inclusive and transparent process and with the full involvement of civil society organisations and the citizens they represent.

We stand in solidarity with you – civil society actors and human rights defenders in Hungary and elsewhere. The further shrinking of civic space in Europe can no longer be tolerated.

Together, we will work to create a Europe that truly respects human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.

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Civic space in Hungary_Briefing April 2017

Civil Society Europe & its members

Academy of Performing Arts Slovakia
Access Info Europe Spain
Access Now Spain
ACDC Romania Romania
Acreditar Portugal
Aditus foundation Malta
AEGEE-Europe / European Students’ Forum Europe
AEVR Romania
Agency for Community Development Foundation Romania
Agrupamento de Escolas do Cerco Portugal
AICA Slovakia, president Slovakia
ALCC Portugal
Alliance of Organisations of Disabled People in Slovakia Slovakia
Allileggie Solidarity Now Greece
Alytus NGO information centre Lithuania
Alytus Women Crisis Centre Lithuania
AMCV –Association of Women Against Violence Portugal
Amnesty International Europe
Anatomy Department Malta
Angel of Hope Fundation Romania
Antigone Italy
APDRP – Asociatia pentru Dezvoltare Regionala si Parteneriat Romania
Aproximar Portugal
ARAS – Romanian Association against AIDS Romania
ARCI – Associatione Ricreativa Culturale Italiana Italy
AREAS- The Regional Association for Adult Education Suceava Romania
Ari Ari Foundation Poland
As. Filiala Sfantul Stefan -Barlad Romania
Asociatia ARIN Romania
Asociatia ASCED Romania
Asociatia Bunul Samaritean Romania
Asociatia Carpaterra Romania
Asociatia Consultantilor in Dezvoltare Comunitara Romania
Asociatia de Ecoturism din Romania Romania
Asociatia de Turism Ecologic Camena Romania
Asociatia Ecologic Romania
Asociatia Esperando Romania
Asociatia FDP Protagonisti in Educatie Romania
Asociația Femei cu Perspectiva din Romania Romania
Asociația Femeilor din Sibiu Romania
Asociația Inima Copiilor Romania
Asociația Mișcare de Tabără Yuppi/ Association Yuppi Camping Motion Romania
Asociatia pentru Parteneriat Comunitar Brasov Romania
Asociația pentru Susținerea Agriculturii Țărănești Romania
Asociatia pentru Tehnologie si Internet ApTI Romania
Asociatia Romana pentru Promovarea Sanatatii (ARPS) Romania
Asociatia Stea Romania
Asociatia Techsoup Romania
Asociatia Tura in Natura Sibiu Romania
Asociația Umanistă Română (Romanian Humanist Association) Romania
Asociation Bona Fide Romania
Assistence and Programs for Sustainable DEvelopment – Agenda 21 Romania
Associação A Casa do Caminho Portugal
Associação Animar – Ass. Portuguesa para o Desenvolvimento Local Portugal
Associação ILGA Portugal – Lesbian, Gay, Bissexual, Trans and Intersex Intervention Portugal
Associacao Lilaz Portugal
Associação Olhos da Juventude Portugal
Associação Portuguesa de Estudos sobre as Mulheres Portugal
Associação Portuguesa de Sociologia Portugal
Associação PRO BONO Portugal
Association “For free Russia” Poland
Association BIOM Croatia
Association for civil society development SMART Hungary
Association for Comunity Relations Romania
Association for Continue Development AD Plus Romania
Association for culture and sport Positive force Croatia
Association for Development and Social Inclusion Romania
Association for International Affairs Czech Republic
Association for library development and innovation Innova Lib Macedonia
Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sunce Croatia
Association for Podlasie Land “DRUMLA” Poland
Association for the Local Product Development “Windmills of Masury” Poland
Association For Youth Rights Turkey
Association of Educational NGOs Lithuania
Association of HIV affected women and their families “Demetra” Lithuania
Association Žmergo Croatia
Ateliere Fara Frontiere Romania
AUTISM ROMANIA-Association of Parents of Children with Autism Romania
Autonomous Women’s House Zagreb Croatia
Autonomy Foundation Poland
Avatud Eesti Fond/Open Estonia Foundation Estonia
Az emberség erejével Alapítvány (With the power of humanity Foundation) Hungary
BBF Bulgaria
Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence Serbia
Bike Kitchen Timisoara Romania
BILSP Bulgaria
BlueLink Foundation Bulgaria
Bodossaki Foundation Greece
Broad Perspectives Foundation Bulgaria
Brod Ecological Society-BED Croatia
Bucovina Institute Romania Romania
Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law Bulgaria
Bulgarian Donors’ Forum Bulgaria
Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Bulgaria
Caritas Romania Confederation Romania
Carusel Association Romania
Católica Porto Business School Portugal
CCM Comitato Collaborazione Medica Italy
Center for Citizenship Education Poland
Center for Civic Education Russia
Center for Equality Advancement Lithuania
Center for European Initiatives Estonia
Center for Philanthropy n.o. Slovakia
Center for Social Development CEDES Romania
Center of Environmental Activities Slovakia
Central and Eastern European Citizens Network Europe
Centre for Education Initiatives (NGO) Latvia
Centre for Legal Resources Romania
Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS Latvia
Centre for School Improvement Lithuania
Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights Russia
Centro Europe Direct Algarve Portugal
Centrul de Dezvoltare Comunitara Neamt Romania
Centrul de Ecologie Montana Romania
Centrum dobrovoľníctva Slovakia
Centrum pre výskum etnicity a kultúry (Center for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture) Slovakia
CESI – Center for Education, Counselling and Research Croatia
CGIL Area Politiche Europee e Internazionali Italy
CIDAC – Centro de Intervenção para o Desenvolvimento Amílcar Cabral Portugal
Cipsi Italy
Citizen, Democracy and Accountability Slovakia
Cives Foundation Spain
CIVICA Association Romania
Civil Liberties Union for Europe Germany
Civil network OPORA (Lviv office) Ukraine
Civil Society Development Foundation Czech Republic
Civil Society Institute Lithuania
CNVOS Slovenia
Comissão de Proteção de Crianças e Jovens da Figueira da Foz Portugal
Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD) Poland
Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) United Kingdom
Community Foundation Tyumen Russia
Consiliul Tineretului din România Romania
Consiliul Tinerilor Institutionalizati Romania
Constanta School Students’ Association Romania
Consultoria Social Portugal
Cosi Romania
Create Yourself Association Romania
Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity – CROSOL Croatia
Croatian Society for Birds and Nature Protection Croatia
Croatian Youth Network Croatia
CSDF-Civil Society Development Foundation Romania
Czech Women’s lobby Czech Republic
Dalibor Nicz Slovakia
Democratic Women’s Union (Germany) Germany
Demokratiezentrum Wien Austria
Desenam Viitorul Tau Romania
Dizabnet Federation Romania
Divadlo Astorka Slovakia
Doctors of the World – Médecins du monde International Network Europe
Doctors of the World (Portugal) Portugal
Documenta – Center for Dealing with the Past Croatia
Donorsforum Slovenia
DRA – German-Russian Exchange Germany Romania
društvo AREAL Slovenia
Društvo Zdravo Slovenia
ECOTOP Oradea Romania
EELK Risti kogudus Estonia
e-Governance Academy Estonia
Ekološka udruga “Krka” Knin Croatia
Ekumenická akademie (Ecumenical Academy) Czech Republic
Electronic Frontier Norway Norway
Első Magyar Feltétel Nélküli Alapjövedelemért Egyesület Hungary
Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus Russia
EPEA – Malta Branch Malta Austria
Equality and Human Rights Action Centre (ACTEDO) Romania
Esi labs! Latvia
Estonian Green Movement Estonia
Estonian Human Rights Centre Estonia
Estonian Institute of Human Rights Estonia
Estonian LGBT Association Estonia
Estonian Refugee Council Estonia
Estonian Union for Child Welfare Estonia
EUNET Europe
Eurasian Harm Reduction Network Lithuania
European Auxiliary Police Association Malta
European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) Hungary
European Citizens Action Service Europe
European Civic Forum Europe
European Community Organizing Network Europe
European Disability Forum Europe
European Foundation Centre Aisbl Europe
European Humanist Federation Europe
European institute Foundation, Bulgaria Bulgaria
European Network Against Racism Europe
European Network to Reduce Vulnerabilities in Health Europe
European Partnership for Democracy Belgium
European Roma Rights Centre Hungary
European Volunteer Center Europe
Europos namai Lithuania
EU-Russia Civil Society Forum e.V. Germany
Eutropian International
Expert Forum Romania
Fair-Play Alliance Slovakia
fairwatch Italy
FCC Romania
Federatia Organizatiilor Neguvernamentale pentru Serviciile Sociale – FONSS Romania
Federatia VOLUM Romania
FIDH Europe
Finnish League for Human Rights Finland
Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar Malta
Fondazione Cercare Ancora Italy
FONSS Romania
Foundation – Center for Contemporary Art, Bratislava Slovakia
Foundation for an Open Society DOTS Latvia
Foundation for Somalia Poland
FRAG (Gdansk Urban Development Association) Poland
Friends of the Earth Malta Malta
Front Line Defenders Europe
Fundação Portuguesa “A Comunidade Contra a Sida” Portugal
Fundacja Aktywności Lokalnej / Foundation Of Local Activity Poland
Fundacja Działań Obywatelskich “Kwadrat” Poland
Fundacja ePaństwo Poland
Fundacja Inna Przestrzen Poland
Fundacja Pole Dialogu Poland
Fundacja Stabilo Poland
Fundacja TRACTUS Poland
Fundatia Alaturi de Voi Romania Romania
Fundatia Centrul de Resurse pentru Comunitatile de Romi Romania
Fundatia Centrul Parteneriat pentru Egalitate Romania
Fundatia Comunitara Mures Romania
Fundatia Copiii Nostri Romania
Fundatia EOS – Educating for an Open Society Romania
Fundatia Noi Orizonturi Romania
Fundatia PARADA Romania
Fundația Ratiu pentru Democrație Romania
Fundatia Serendinno Romania
Fundatia Sfanta Ana Romania
Fundatia Star of Hope Romania Romania and Moldova
Fundatia Terre des hommes-Elvetia Romania
Fundatia Veritas Sighisoara Romania
GANDHI non profit institut Kyrgyz Republic
General Workers’ Union Malta
Geremek Foundation Poland
German-Russian Exchange Russia
GEYC Romania
Global Romanian Society of Young Professionals (GRASP) Romania
GO FREE – the Association for the Support of Civil Society Romania
Green Liberty Latvia
Green Liberty Latvia
Greenpeace Europe
Greenpeace CEE in Croatia Croatia
Grupo Aprender em Festa Portugal
Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia Serbia
Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Slovakia Slovakia
Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights Poland
Hope For Children CRC Policy Center Cyprus
Horska sluzba Mala Fatra Slovakia
Hosman Durabil Romania
HR NGO “Citizens’ Watch” Russia
HRM “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan” Kyrgyz Republic
Human Rights Center of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Human Rights Club Azerbaijan
Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) International
Human Rights House Zagreb Croatia
Human Rights Institute, University of Deusto Spain
Human Rights Monitoring Institute Lithuania
Human Rights Organization “Soldiers’ Mothers of Saint-Petersburg” Russia
Hungarian Civil Liberties Union Hungary
Hungarian Helsinki Committee/Magyar Helsinki Bizottság Hungary
ILGA Portugal Portugal
In Difesa Di – per i diritti umani e chi li difende Italy
Independent platform SocioForum Slovakia
Info zona Croatia
Informace pro vsechny, o.s. Czech Republic
Initiative for Development and Cooperation Serbia
Inocenti Foundation Romania
Insan Hakları Dernegi/Human Rights Association (IHD) Turkey
Institute of Economic and Social Studies Slovakia
Institute of Public Affairs Poland
International Dalit Solidarity Network Denmark
International Foundation for Child and Family „Dr. Alexandra Zuigravescu” Romania
International Humanist and Ethical Union United Kingdom
International Memorial Russia
Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte Germany
IPAV Portugal
Irish Council for Civil Liberties Ireland
Ivana Molnarova Slovakia
Jan Langos Foundaton Slovakia
Jantárová cesta, o.z. Slovakia
Johannes Mihkelson Centre Estonia
Karpatská nadácia / Carpathian Foundation Slovakia
Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law Kazakhstan
Kepa Finland
Kinoteater Estonia
Klon/Jawor Association Poland
Koalicja Organizacji Demokratycznych Poland
Komplot Slovakia
Kopin – Malta (VO/0200) Malta
Kristina Felova Slovakia
La Strada International The Netherlands
Lastekaitse Liit Estonia
Latvian Human Rights Committee Latvia
Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation Latvia
Latvian Rural Forum Latvia
Latvian Transatlantic Organisation (LATO) Latvia
Latvia’s Association for Family Planning and Sexual Health Latvia
Legal-Informational Centre for NGOs, Slovenia Slovenia
Legambiente Italy
Liberty United Kingdom
Life Quality Improvement Organisation FLIGHT Croatia
Lifelong Learning Platform Europe
Liga lidských práv / League of Human Rights Czech Republic
Liga za ludske prava Slovakia
Lirhuanian Librarian’ Association Lithuania
Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights Lithuania
Lithuanian Consumer Institute Lithuania
Lithuanian disability forum Lithuania
Lithuanian National Consumer Federation Lithuania
Local Women Organization Romania
Lubica Lacinova Slovakia
Malta Health Network Malta
Manna Foundation Malta
Mani Tese Italy
Maria Chudikova Slovakia
MARTA Centre Latvia
Martin Laan Estonia
MdM Portugal Portugal
Medecins du Monde – Spain Spain
Médecins du Monde – France France
Médecins du Monde Belgique Belgium
Media Development Centre Skopje Macedonia
Médicos do Mundo Portugal
Melissa Network Greece
Merkury Foundation Poland
Metamorphosis Foundation Macedonia
Militia Spirituala Romania
Milvus Group Romania
Minority Rights Group Europe Europe
Mladinski svet Občine Slovenske Konjice Slovenia
Modern Didactic Center Lithuania
MOJU – Associação Movimento Juvenil em Olhão Portugal
Most pro o.p.s. Czech Republic
Motivation Romania Foundation Romania
MozaiQ LGBT Romania
MTÜ Foorumteater Estonia
Multicultural Centre Prague Czech Republic
Museum of the History of Polish Jews Poland
Nadace Partnerství, Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation Czech Republic
Nadácia otvorenej spoločnosti/Open Society Foundation Slovakia
National Association of Pensioners Malta
National Institute for Social Integration Lithuania
National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL Lithuania
National Union of Organisations for People Affected by HIV/AIDS Romania
NDI Hungary ( National Democratic Institute) Hungary
Netherlands Council of Women The Netherlands
Netherlands Helsinki Committee Netherlands
Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organisations Estonia
NEVER AGAIN’ Association Poland
New Religions Research and Information Center Lithuania
NGO “The White Gloves” Lithuania
NGO Goodwill projects Lithuania
NGO Information and Support Centre Lithuania
NGO Romano drom Ukraine
NGO Se Poate Romania
NGOs campaigner /activist Slovakia
NGOs Federation for Children Romania Romania
Norwegian Helsinki Committee Norway
Novapolis Association Romania
NVO teisės institutas Lithuania
OASI Foundation Malta
Odyseus Slovakia
Oikos – Cooperação e Desenvolvimento Portugal
Olecka Kooperatywa Obywatelska (OKO) Poland
Olof Kleberg, Vice President of the Swedish OSCE Network – in personal capacity Sweden
Ondrej Starinsky Slovakia
Open Estonia Foundation Estonia
Open Forum Foundation Poland
Open Lithuania Foundation Lithuania
Open Republic Association Poland
Open Rights Group United Kingdom
Open Society Foundation Slovakia
Open Society Institute – Sofia Bulgaria
OPU – Organisation for Aid to Refugees Czech Republic
Organizacija za participatorno družbo Slovenia
OSF Prague Czech Republic
OSFL Projects Lithuania
Osservatorio AiDS – Aids Diritti Salute Italy
Österreichischer Frauenring (Austrian Women’s Lobby) Austria
PACT Foundation Romania
Pan, association for Environment and Nature protection Croatia
Panoptykon Foundation Poland
Par – Respostas Sociais Portugal
Patria Finance Czech Republic
PATRIR (Peace, Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania) Romania
PDCS, Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia Slovakia
PELE Portugal
People in Need Slovakia
Phan Bde Foundation Poland
Pharos Malta
Pina Slovenia
PLAN B n.o. Slovakia
Plataforma + Emprego Portugal
Plataforma de ONG de Accion Social Spain
Plataforma Portuguesa das ONGD Portugal
Platform of Human Rights Organisations in Malta Malta
Platforma dobrovoľníckych centier a organizácií Slovakia
Polish Society of Anti-Discrimination Law Poland
Polish Women Scientists Network Poland
Pontis Foundation Slovakia
Pracownia Badań i Innowacji Społecznych “Stocznia” // The Unit for Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard” Poland
Privat Slovakia
Progress Foundation Romania
Public Association “Dignity” Kazakhstan
Public Verdict Foundation Russia
PUZ – association of parents of children with special needs Croatia
Racio social Slovenia
RAF Romania
Reach for Change Bulgaria
REDE de Jovens para a Igualdade Portugal
Resource Center for Public Participation Romania
RH + 50 – Senior Executives Association Portugal
Rights International Spain Spain
RISE Romania Romania
Roma Community Centre Lithuania
Romanian Academic  Society Romania
Romanian Deaf National Association – Youth Branch Romania
Rosto Solidário Portugal
Rroma Center Amare Rromentza Romania
RSM Erasmus University Netherlands
Ruhama Foundation Romania
Sabiedrība par atklātību – Delna (Transparency Internation – Latvia) Latvia
SALTES Lithuania
Salvati Copiii Romania Romania
Sdruzeni pro integraci a migraci Czech Republic
SEIES – Sociedade de Estudos e Intervenção em Engenharia Social Portugal
Sense International Romania Romania
Sieć Obywatelska Watchdog Polska Poland
SKOP Malta
Slovak Fundraising Centre Slovakia
Slovak humanitarian council Slovakia
Slovak NGDO Platform Slovakia
Slovak Youth Council Slovakia
Slovenska Psychedelicka Spolocnost Slovakia
Slow Food Italy
SOCIA – Social Reform Foundation Slovakia
Socieaty Ascendum Latvia
Societatea Academică din România – SAR Romania
Society for Sustainable Development Design Croatia
Society for Sustainable Living ín the Slovak Republic Slovakia
Socratic institute Slovakia
Solidarity Now Greece
SOLIDARUS e.V. Germany
SOOO Legal Basis Russia
SOS Children’s Villages Romania Romania
SOS Malta Malta
SOSNA association Slovakia
Stefan Batory Foundation Poland
Stichting Netherlands
STOP AIDS NGO, Albania Albania
Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej (Association for Legal Intervention) Poland
Stowarzyszenie Milinda Poland
Studijos ir karjera VsI Lithuania
Superar Slovakia Slovakia
Swedish OSCE Network Sweden
Terra-1530 Moldova
Terre des hommes Romania
Terre des hommes Foundation Romania
Terre des hommes Lausanne Romania
The Foundation for an Open Society Romania Romania
The Foundation for Women’s Solidarity Turkey
The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) Azerbaijan
The League for the Defence of Human Rights, subsidiary Cluj Romania
The Open Republic Association against anti-Semitism and Xenophobia Poland
The Regional press Institute Russia
Tolerant Youth Association Lithuania
Transform Italy
Transnational Institute The Netherlands
Transparency International Europe
Transylvanian Carpathia Society – Satu Mare / Societatea Romania
Trimbos Institute The Netherlands
Udruga za razvoj gradjanske i politicke kulture – Polka Croatia
University of Aveiro Portugal
UNRIC Belgium
UOKOLO-udruga za građanstvo okoliša Croatia
Utena A. and M. Miskiniai Public Library Lithuania
VIA IURIS Slovakia
Victim and Witness Support Service Croatia Croatia
Villa Decius Association Poland
Villa Decius Association Poland
Vilnius University Lithuania
Vilnius University Students’ Representation Lithuania
Volonteurope Europe
VOLUM Federation Romania
VsI Pazangus Sprendimai Lithuania
Výbor dobré vůle – Nadace Olgy Havlové Czech Republic
Vytautas Magnus University Lithuania
White Yellow Cross Foundation Romania Romania
Women’s Coalition – Turkey Turkey
Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation Bulgaria
World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) Switzerland / Belgium
Youth for Youth Foundation Romania
Za živé rieky Slovakia
Zavod Jara Slovenia
Zdruzenie Slatinka Slovakia
ZEBRA, OZ Slovenia
Zelena Istra (Green Istria) Croatia
Zepos & Yannopoulos Greece
ZeroCO2 Association Romania
Zlata rybka oz Slovenia
ZO 6 Slovak Union of Nature and Landscape Protectors Slovakia
За Защиту Зверей Russia
Фонд содействия политическим и гражданским свободам “Гражданское согласие” Russia



You can find the reply from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban here


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