Freedom of Information

Trust in EU institutions

The European Committee launched the European Transparency Initiative in November, 2005. Among other organizations, HCLU also expressed its opinion and shared its comments on the green paper being released on this issue.

A case against Ministry of Finance

HCLU filed a case on 4 September against the Ministry of Finance for not releasing information on a billion HUF deficit in the budget of 2006.

The Hungarian vote at the election of the new Human Rights Council is not public

A new body established 9th of May 2006 will replace the UN Commission on Human Rights. The HCLU has inquired at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the ballots cast by Hungary and the criteria taken into account at the election. As it is known the Council also consist of countries which are responsible for grave human rights violations such as Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia.

European Council commenced developing a convention on freedom of information

HCLU and 27 civil organizations from other countries favoured the initiative.

Nuclear case - still no access to details of the damage reduction process in the Paks Nuclear Plant

The Capital Court of Appeal has made a decision on 20 April about the lawsuit of Energy Club and National Atomic Energy Agency’s Nuclear Safety Directorate (NAEA-NSD) in the second instance court. The judiciary overruled the judgement of the first instance court and ordered to initiate a new proceeding. In the lawsuit HCLU represents the suitor. The appeal does not lie against this decision which is, though favourable, still does not result the access to the demanded data.

Delay in the “Nuclear Trial”

The Metropolitan Court did not deliver its decision on appeal today in the lawsuit between Energy Club and the National Atomic Energy Agency’s Nuclear Safety Directorate (NAEA-NSD). The public still does not have access to the information on the expert opinions on the damage reduction process of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant.