With 140 votes for and 36 votes against, the two-thirds majority of the ruling Fidesz party passed the eleventh amendment to the Fundamental Law on Tuesday in Parliament, so it will now be possible to hold elections for the European Parliament and municipal elections at the same time, starting in 2024.
While European and local government elections will likely be held simultaneously in May 2024, according to the new law, municipal officials elected in May will only be able to take office in the fall.
The amendment to the Fundamental Law also includes a change renaming Hungarian counties (megye) as “castle counties” (vármegye). Another law also passed on Tuesday will rename government commissioners as “chief lords” (főispán). [HVG]