Eötvös Károly Policy Institute turned to the Committeeof Ministers (Council of Europe) as we believe that for the sake of the implementation of the European Court of Human Rights Judgment in the case of Szabó and Vissy v. Hungary, it is inevitable that the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights continue the monitoring of the execution process.
In the case of Mr. Máté Szabó and Ms. Beatrix Vissy, former members of EKINT, the Judgement was delivered on January 2016. ECtHR held that the Hungarian regulation violated the right to privacy, home and correspondence declared in Rome 1950, in the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
At present, when more than a year have passed since the Judgment came final, EKINT is still convinced that its implementation was not successful. Even though a widely criticised draft bill has been published on the website of the Hungarian Ministry of Interior this summer it still has not been submitted to the Parliament. Nevertheless, we are convinced that even if it happened, the planned amendment could not fulfil its intended role in harmonizing the Hungarian legal framework with the ECtHR standards for the reasons listed in detail in our communication letter submitted to the Committee of Ministers.