* Hungary: PM Viktor Orban dismisses EU legal action over NGO disclosure law, tells Brussels to shape up.
** Hungary will defend its tough new laws on non-governmental groups (NGOs) all the way to the European Court as the EU legal action against it was barely worth discussing, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.
“This proposal is a laughing stock around Europe,” Orban said, adding the Commission’s bureaucrats were doing Soros’ bidding. “It reeks of a political inception…..If someone accepts money from abroad then they must declare that. Period. What does that harm? What does a grant have to do with capital movements? These are ridiculous things.”
– The law requires NGOs receiving a certain amount of funding from abroad to register as “organizations supported from abroad” in their public materials. NGOs will also be required to disclose information about large individual donors.
The V4 Report believes the Hungarian NGO disclosure laws should be a model for Europe. We believe in full disclosure and people should be informed regarding the background of individuals or groups from abroad attempting to influence public policy in their country. This is a common practice throughout the business world.
What are the NGOs trying to hide?