Hungary PM upholds plan to change top court s scope of authority
<p>Brussels, October 29 (MTI) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday confirmed his government s commitment to restricting the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court.</p>
Earlier this week the governing Fidesz party announced its plan to rewrite the constitution so as to prevent the court from reviewing budget-related matters.
"It is not the people s sense of justice that has to be changed but the old rules which we are confronted with," told Orban a press conference after the summit meeting of EU heads of state and government in Brussels.
"On the one hand, the general sense of justice suggests that the practice of giving unjustifiably high, exorbitant severance pays to those responsible for Hungary s plight should be discontinued. On the other hand, the Constitutional Court could not help but qualifying the government s proposal under the old, provisional constitution," said Orban.
The Constitutional Court on Tuesday unanimously annulled the government s 98 percent tax on severance pay above a certain amount with retroactive effect. Fidesz resubmitted the bill after the decision and said it would rewrite the constitution so as to prevent the court from reviewing budget-related matters -- including its pension laws -- in the future.