Constitutional amendment proposals to ensure Hungary’s entry into the European Union have been presented to parliament for approval, Foreign Minister Laszlo Kovacs said. Ratifying the amendments, contingent on a two-thirds parliament majority, would bolster Hungary’s bid to become an EU member, the minister underlined.
The amendments must be green-lighted by December 31, Kovacs noted. The changes being sought include “an accession clause” to be attached to the constitution that would provide for ceding certain legislative, executive and judicial powers to the EU, Interfax quoted Justice Minister Peter Barandy as saying.
Another change is to permit EU nationals residing in Hungary to take part in local and European Parliament elections. They could also hold some elected offices in Hungary. The government said some of the amendments will be effective once they are approved; others will take effect once the country becomes an EU member, which is scheduled for January 1, 2004. (695)