Ruling Fidesz group leader Máté Kocsis said that an incident earlier in the day in parliament made it clear that it was indeed necessary to amend relevant laws and house rules. Kocsis said that Péter Jakab of conservative opposition Jobbik had “arbitrarily” sat in Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s seat. He condemned the “deviant and provocative behaviour” as incompatible with the operation of parliament.
Referring to a recent proposal by Fidesz, he said stricter sanctions had been initiated for violators of disciplinary regulations but none of them were new. What’s been prohibited in the past will remain so in the future but the fines currently in force have obviously lacked the sufficient preventative effect, he added.
The ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrats alliance proposed stricter disciplinary rules for MPs violating the order of parliamentary sessions last Wednesday. Accordingly, the maximum fine applicable if an MP disturbs the peace of a session would increase by 12-fold, to four times of the monthly salary and preventing the chairman of the session from carrying out his duties could result in a fine equalling six months’ salary or optionally 12 months’.