Hungary’s Law on NGO Foreign Funding Is Unlawful: EU Court Adviser


BRUSSELS — Hungary’s law that requires civil organizations to disclose their foreign donors is in breach of European Union rules that protect the bloc’s fundamental rights, a legal adviser to the EU’s top court said on Tuesday.

The law is part of a series of measures against what the government deems unfair foreign influence that are linked to its feud with Budapest-born U.S. billionaire George Soros. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has repeatedly accused non-governmental organizations (NGOs) funded by Soros of political meddling.

The crackdown has led the European Parliament to open a procedure against Hungary for allegedly breaching EU fundamental rights that could lead to the suspension of the country’s voting rights in the EU.

Tuesday’ opinion, which is not binding on the court but is likely to be upheld in the final ruling, is a new blow to Orban’s government, which is accused in Brussels of limiting its…



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