Hungarian Parliament

Legislation of the Fundamental law of Hungary

After the formation of the new Parliament an ad-hoc committee was established for the preparation of the new Constitution in June 2010. This year the Parliament adopted a resolution concerning the time schedule for the preparations of the new Constitution. All parliamentary factions were invited to initiate their own constitutional bills until 15 March. Two constitutional bills were submitted. Members of the governing parliamentary factions, Fidesz and KDNP initiated their bill, named Fundamental Law of Hungary. Dr. Katalin Szili as an independent Member of Parliament (former Speaker of the House) also put forward a constitutional bill, called the Constitution of the Republic of Hungary. The general debate was held on the two bills together. Parliament has sent to detailed debate only the FIDESZ-KDNP bill, after the joint general debate. The governing parliamentary factions (FIDESZ and KDNP), the Jobbik opposition party and also independent Members of Parliament took part in the constitutional debate.Two opposition factions, namely the Hungarian Socialist Party and the LMP decided not to take part in the debate and votings at all. The Parliament adopted numerous amendments from MP's and finally adopted (with the votes of more than two thirds of the Members) the new Fundamental Law of Hungary on 18 April 2011. The Fundamental Law of Hungary will enter into force on 1 January 2012.