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UPC – Hungarian Constutional Court rules that UPC Agreement cannot be ratified

29 Jun 2018

Hungarian Constutional Court rules that UPCA cannot be ratified

On 29th June, 2018 the decision of the Hungarian Constitutional Court was published on the Court’s website following the Hungarian Government’s motion for the interpretation of the Hungarian Constitution (Basic Act) in relation to the ratification of the UPC Agreement.

Today the Constitutional Court ruled that the UPC Agreement as an international agreement made in the framework of enhanced cooperation deprives the Hungarian courts from having competence for judicial review on a group of domestic legal disputes of individuals. As such right for judicial review is exclusively reserved for Hungarian courts under Article 24 (2) of the Basic Act, the UPC Agreement cannot be ratified based on the current wording of the constitution.

The Hungarian language decision is available here.  An English language summary is expected to be published at soon.

Reported by: Eszter Szakács, Sár and Partners