The government submitted a bill in Parliament on Friday on “Avoiding Hungarian consequences of the armed conflict and humanitarian catastrophe in the neighboring country,” allowing Hungary’s wartime emergency to continue to remain in force.
Although Viktor Orbán declared a wartime emergency on May 24, the Fundamental Law dictates that a decree declaring a state of emergency will only remain in force for 15 days unless extended by the National Assembly.
Under a state of emergency, the government may issue decrees that deviate from the law, or restrict or suspend citizens’ basic rights more than is generally considered acceptable.
In the new proposal submitted to Parliament, the government requests extraordinary powers until November 1, 2022. But Hungary’s state of emergency can still be extended even beyond this date anytime, as occurred during the pandemic.