Today Tuesday 13 June between 12:00 and 2:00 pm, the Hungarian Parliament will vote the draft bill on the transparency of organisations receiving foreign funding. Such a legislation stigmatises all hungarian NGOs and not for profit organisations that receive funding for their own activities from abroad including EU funding.
Civil Society Europe together with 519 association across Europe signed a “Statement to Hungarian people and civil society organisations – we stand in solidarity with you!” which was sent to all members of the European Parliament, Mr Timmermans and Mr Tusk as well as to Mr Orban calling for the withdrawal of the law.
As you may know the European Parliament has adopted a resolution asking for article 7 of the Treaty to be activated. The Venice Commission has also issued an opinion asking for changes in the law.
Mr Orban has replied to our letter and you can find the answer here.
Hungarian NGOs will hold a press conference today at 2:00 pm
In order to show support
1) we propose to gather today in front of CSE office at 12:30 (or in the place of your choice) to take a picture with the symbol that hungarian NGOs have prepared (See hart below) with the following slogans
HUNGARY: I STAND WITH NGOs
2) and to post the photos on social media by 1:00, using the following hashtag
3) upload photos this Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/civilizacio2017
4)or send them to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
So that our hungarian colleagues can use them during the press conference