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Parliament approves modified whistleblower law

Lawmakers on Tuesday approved a law regulating complaints and the reporting of abuses after President Katalin Novak sent it back to parliament for reconsideration.

The law passed with 147 votes in favour, 6 against and 30 abstentions no longer contains a section criticised by the president which would have made it possible to file reports in the public interest of protecting the Hungarian way of life.

In her justification for returning the law to parliament, Novak said that a section of the legislation which was meant to provide stronger protections to Hungary’s constitutional rights and values instead weakened those values because it was not based on the assumption that there is a national agreement on them.

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