The HCLU Wins 100 Billion Lawsuit

In September, 2006 the HCLU has sued the Ministry of Finance for denying to make public the information relating to the 100 billion forint deficit in the 2006 budget. Last October the Metropolitan Court has ruled in favor of the HCLU and in it's first instance decision has declared the requested data to be of public-interest.

Today, the Metropolitan Appeal Court has upheld the first instance decision. According to the court, the contents and exact details of the single item mentioned at the press Finance Ministry's press conference, which increases the 2006 budget deficit by 100 billion forints and has to be made public, thus handed over to the plaintiff, HCLU.

The HCLU considers today's and last year's ruling of the Metropolitan Court to be a success for the freedom of information and reminds that the law on public-intrest data is to be followed by government organizations, such as the Ministry of Finance. The HCLU is also delighted that the Metropolitan Appeal Court, with todays ruling has confirmed that the data-definition of the Data Protection Act also covers data of estimations and prognosis.

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HCLU wins case against the Ministry of Finance

The case was started against the Ministry of Finance after it denied access to data on public spending deficit of a hundred billion HUF.

Farmsubsidy.org is holding a conference in Budapest- publicity of farm subsidies in focus

The European Union spends 43.5 billion Euros yearly on farm subsidies, which is 40% of the budget. From this amount 100 Euros per year could be alluded to each European Union citizen. Would you like to know who receives this money?

HCLU called OGP to investigate the situation in Hungary

Last fall, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) adopted a new policy to help re-establish an environment for government and civil society collaboration, safeguarding the Open Government Declaration and to mitigate reputational risks to OGP. Today, members of Hungarian civil society, including representatives of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Transparency International Hungary and K-Monitor, as well as Sunlight’s international policy manager, a former employee of K-Monitor, called on the OGP Steering Committee to take action under the new policy and launch a thorough investigation into the situation in Hungary, with a special attention to the deterioration of the space for civil society.