Lawmakers will debate the tenth amendment to Hungary’s constitution, officially called the Fundamental Law on Tuesday, Hungarian news agency MTI reports.
The constitutional amendment proposal expands the government’s mandate to declare a state of emergency to cases of war or humanitarian catastrophes in neighboring countries.
At present, Hungary’s constitution allows the government to declare a state of emergency, or “state of danger” as it is referred to in the Fundamental Law, “in the event of a natural disaster or industrial accident endangering life and property, or in order to mitigate the consequences thereof”.
The amendment would insert “in the event of armed conflict, war or humanitarian catastrophe in a neighboring country” into the article.
According to Justice Minister Judit Varga who had submitted the proposal to the parliament last week, the amendment would pave the way for the government to act quickly in respect of the war in Ukraine.
Parliament is also set to debate a proposal on amending disaster protection regulations and related laws.
Also, a bill related to the cessation of the special legal order will be discussed.
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