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Participation of the President of the Curia of Hungary and the Austrian Chief Justice at the XXIII Pannonian Lawyers’ Symposium

The topic of “The movement of currency and capital, the timely legal issues of the financial market and the economy in the Pannonian region” was discussed by lawyers and legal academics on 28-30 September 2017 in the town of Zalakaros. The international conference, organised by the Zala County Branch Association of the Hungarian Lawyers’ Association, brought together illustrious Hungarian, Austrian and Slovenian lecturers, as well as some of the most prominent representatives of the Hungarian legal profession.

Immigrants’ rights and national security – the presidents of the supreme administrative courts of the European Union held their seminar in Cracow

A seminar entitled “Public order, national security and the rights of the third-country nationals in immigration and citizenship cases” was jointly organised by the Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions of the European Union (ACA-Europe) and the Polish Supreme Administrative Court on 18 September 2017 in Cracow.

The seminar was also attended by the President of the Curia of Hungary. Dr. Péter Darák moderated one of the conference’s sections.

President Lenaerts: European Union law is part of the European identity

The President of the European Court of Justice stressed the importance of the European judicial cooperation on 4 September in Budapest. During his official visit to Hungary, Mr. Koen Lenaerts held discussions with Mr. Tamás Sulyok, President of the Constitutional Court of Hungary and with Mr. Péter Darák, President of the Curia of Hungary.

Certain provisions of the Act of Parliament requiring judges’ national security vetting are in contravention of the Fundamental Law of Hungary

The Constitutional Court (henceforth: the Court) has found that certain provisions of the National Security Agencies Act violate judicial independence and the fundamental right to respect for privacy, which are protected under the Fundamental Law of Hungary. Therefore the Court has annulled those provisions. The protection of national security interests is not only a constitutional aim but also a state obligation, but the impugned regulation may give rise to abuses that are incompatible with judicial independence.