Center for Fundamental Rights

The disciplinary power of the Hungarian National Assembly

The Center for Fundamental Rights investigated the Parliament’s operative standing orders. In the course of our analysis, we paid special attention to the question of disciplinary power, since the Strasbourg based European Court of Human Rights reprimanded Hungary on this topic. The Center conducted a comparative analysis of the disciplinary power regulations prevalent in the Parliaments of several European countries. To summit up it can be stated, that all of the examined parliamentary laws contain rules regulating the order of the parliamentary talk, and it is a typical practice that the Speaker exclusively controls the disciplinary power.  The Hungarian regulations are middle-of-the road, because both more and less strict regulations do exist in the European practice. For example, in the United Kingdom, the Speaker has the right to suspend a representative from practicing his rights for an indefinite term, – including the revoke of the representative’s payment – while in Austria, the strictest sanction in the case of disorderly conduct is to exclude the concerned representative from the given session. All things considered, it can be said that the Hungarian rules in force fit the European mainstream and they do not diverge from the European parliamentary traditions in any form.

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