EU-Hungary: Next steps

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg is overwhelmed with individual applications from Hungarian nationals who consider themselves abused by a pension reform that took effect a year ago with the objective of filling the state coffers.

Since mid-December, the Strasbourg court said it has received nearly 8,000 individual applications against Hungary relating to the controversial changes to the pension system. […]

Faced with an influx of similar complaints, the court cannot process the applications in the normal manner, Fribergh said.

The court therefore encourages the relevant trade unions in Hungary to resubmit applications as a class action, annexing lists of the individual applicants’ names and details, in a form which will enable it to register and process them efficiently. […]

NEXT STEPS:

17 Jan.: Commission to announce which laws adopted recently by Hungary are seen as incompatible with EU standards

24 Jan.: Commission to announce whether it will freeze cohesion funds for Hungary, as a punitive measure excessive deficit.

http://www.euractiv.com/future-eu/human-rights-court-inundated-hungary-complaints-news-510155