A bill by Fidesz MPs now plans to bring significant changes: it would simply abolish the statutory obligation of MPs and high profile government officials to declare their assets. On 27 June 2022, MPs from the governing party submitted a bill to disperse the scheme of asset declarations. They justified the reform as necessary
‘(a)s a result of recent discussions with international bodies, it has emerged that the level of transparency of the asset declaration system for Hungarian MPs should be considered to be further aligned with European standards.’It might seem surprising that this time the hawkish Hungarian government has taken up the international organizations' recommendations on transparency. But there is no reason for optimism, it is again merely a cynical step taken by the government. Let's first recall the criticisms that European organizations have made reagarding the Hungarian asset declaration system in recent years.
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