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The opposition Socialists have submitted an appeal to the Kúria, Hungary’s supreme court, over the National Election Committee (NVB) rejecting a submission by the party on holding a referendum concerning the protection of Hungary’s natural lakes.
Party director Zsolt Molnár told a press conference in front of the court building that the NVB’s decision was “appalling”, adding that the Socialists trust the Kúria would make a “positive decision”. Molnár expressed hope that after the referendum Hungary’s free waters would indeed become freely accessible to all and all attempts to overdevelop beaches and camping sites, and drain natural marshlands would be forbidden. He said that during the autumn term of parliament, the Socialists would submit a comprehensive amendment proposal for the law on Lake Balaton.
NVB rejected the Socialists’ submission on August 24. The Socialists had intended to ask citizens whether public beaches on natural lakes should be accessible free of charge and whether parliament should ban the sale of public beaches. A third question concerned whether construction projects on them should be banned.