STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Hungary will proceed with a parliamentary vote this week on the government’s so called “Stop Soros” bill without waiting for the opinion of a panel of law experts, the country’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.
The vote is scheduled for Wednesday while the Venice Commission, a panel of constitutional law experts of the human rights body Council of Europe, is due to issue its opinion on the bill only on Friday.
Asked during a news conference in Stockholm whether the vote would proceed without taking the Venice Commission’s view into consideration, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said:
“Yes, there will be a voting session tomorrow, and our parliamentary group will vote in favor of the proposal.”
The bill, which would empower the interior minister to ban non-government organizations that support migration and are seen as a national security risk, is part of the nationalist government’s campaign against George Soros, a Hungarian-born U.S. financier known for funding liberal causes.
Reporting by Daniel Dickson; writing by Niklas Pollard