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Parbeszed calls on president not to sign legislation ‘on selling off protected areas’

The opposition Parbeszed has called on President Katalin Novak not to sign into law legislation which they said allowed the privatisation of areas under nature protection, regardless of environmental considerations.

Parbeszed co-leader Rebeka Szabo told a press conference on Wednesday that Fidesz’s two-thirds majority had voted to adopt a number of proposals that ran afoul of the Fundamental Law.

Should Novak sign the legislation, Parbeszed will turn to the Constitutional Court, Szabo said.

The court has in previous decisions banned any further measures curbing nature protection, she said.

“It seems clear that for the Fidesz government, economic interests come before environmental protection,” she said.

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