Szávay: I have no intention to close the offices in the neighbouring countries

István Szávay has no intention to close his representative office in Slovakia and will turn to international forums concerning the banning resolution passed in Slovakia today.
The politician says it would be a violation of rights from several aspects if his Dunaszerdahely office was to be closed based on the legislation passed in Pozsony on Thursday. The law forbids foreign parties to open a representative office in Slovakia, and stipulates a fine of up to the equivalent of one million HUF for such cases. Talking to Alfahír, Szávay emphasized:

what he established was an MP's representative office and not a party office,

so the new law does not apply to this case. Furthermore, if the fine was imposed based on this regulation, it would be a clear case of retroactive legislation as the office was opened back in October when this law did not even exist. "Such a thing is unthinkable in the rule of law," emphasized Jobbik's vice president. "So

I have no intention to close the office,"   

stated the politician, adding that he would seek legal remedy in international forums.
Szávay believes the Hungarian government should also express to Pozsony that such treatment is intolerable. "This case is not really about me or my office but whether

Hungarians living beyond our borders are treated as secondary citizens,"

 underlined the MP.  

“If our citizens living in Debrecen or Győr have the right to refer their problems to the representative elected by their vote, then this right must be ensured for citizens living in Slovakia or Serbia, too,"
 he emphasized. Apparently, the Hungarian ministry of foreign affairs has a different opinion. Singing accurately from the sheet music of the Chauvinistic Slovakian and Serbian rabble-rousers, Péter Szijjártó called the opening of both the Slovakian and the  Serbian  office a "provocation".
István Szávay opened his representative offices in Dunaszerdahely and Zenta in the past few weeks. The Serbian reaction was similar to the Slovakian one. They did not need to pass a new law there, they found an existing one that they could cling on to. Based on this law, the ministry of public administration and local government launched an "investigation" which they made short work of within a week, obviously concluding that the office was actually conducting "activity on behalf of a party" so it was illegal. The statement is quite funny considering that the current government force, the Serbian Progressive Party explicitly operates a party office rather than an MP's office in the town of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The party conducts a "political activity in a foreign country" to the extent that they actually run their candidates in the elections, too.


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