President János Áder will not make a nomination for the post of higher public administration court chief, with regard to the government’s recent proposal to postpone the introduction of the new court system. In a letter to parliament, published on the website of the President’s Office, Áder said he would not make a nomination “in the new situation”. The courts were scheduled to start operation on January 1, 2020.
Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, announced on Thursday that the government would motion to initiate in parliament the postponement of the introduction of public administration courts indefinitely. Gulyás said the law passed by the Hungarian parliament met European standards and requirements set by the rule of law. However, the measure has been in the cross-fire of international debates that raised “unfounded” questions regarding its effects on the independence of judges, he said.