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European Union
Country of Decision : European Union
Court Name : EU: Court of Justice of the European Union [CJEU]
Date of decision : 18/06/2020
Type : Judgment
ECLI : ECLI:EU:C:2020:476
Case Number/Citation/ Document Symbol : C-78/18

European Commission v Hungary

CJEU rules that the restrictions imposed by Hungary on the financing of civil organisations, including those working in the field of asylum, by persons established outside Hungary do not comply with EU law

According to the CJEU press release:

The Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice upheld the action for failure to fulfil obligations brought by the European Commission against that Member State. The Court held that, by imposing obligations of registration, declaration and publication on certain categories of civil society organisations directly or indirectly receiving support from abroad exceeding a certain threshold and providing for the possibility of applying penalties to organisations that do not comply with those obligations, Hungary had introduced discriminatory and unjustified restrictions with regard to both the organisations at issue and the persons granting them such support. Those restrictions run contrary to the obligations on Member States in respect of the free movement of capital laid down in Article 63 TFEU and to Articles 7, 8 and 12 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (‘the Charter’), on the right to respect for private and family life, the right to the protection of personal data and the right to freedom of association.  

Access to procedures; Data protection;

Other EU legislation; Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union;


European Union, Court of Justice of the European Union [CJEU], European Commission v Hungary, C-78/18, ECLI:EU:C:2020:476, 18 June 2020. Link redirects to the English summary in the EASO Case Law Database.