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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.

Pivotal issues related to supreme level adjudication discussed in the Seventh Conference of Chief Justices of Central and Eastern Europe

The Seventh Conference of Chief Justices of Central and Eastern Europe has started in Budapest. Upon the invitation of the Curia, the justices and chief justices of 19 Central and Eastern European countries have gathered for a conference from 4 to 7 June 2017 in the Hungarian capital. The main goal of the conference is to ensure a forum for the chief justices to familiarise themselves with each other’s best practices and to learn each other’s national solutions.