Parliament prolongs Covid-related special measures until June 1

Lawmakers on Tuesday voted to prolong the special measures related to the coronavirus pandemic until June 1, 2022.

The motion was passed with 133 votes in favour, 2 against and no abstentions.

The government says its proposal to extend the measures would continue to allow it to be flexible in its response to the challenges posed by the pandemic.

If the status of the pandemic allows, the government will initiate lifting the special measures before their expiration, according to the justification of the bill.

Istvan Gyorgy, the state secretary for regional administration of the Prime Minister’s Office, said in the bill’s parliamentary debate that the law would not affect the general election set to be held sometime next spring, adding that referendums could also be held while the measures are in effect.

Lawmakers last extended the special measures in September until Dec. 31.

Parliament also voted to extend the moratorium on loan repayments until June 30, 2022.

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