A bill on the amendment of the Public Notaries Act and certain judicial acts is currently under administrative discussions.
From 1 January 2018, a broad range of business entities, including companies limited by shares, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, trade associations, private entrepreneurs, sole corporations, branch offices, cooperatives and law firms as of today, will be obliged to carry out an expansive list of administrative procedures by means of electronic communication.
In 2016 the president of the Hungarian Curia set up a new jurisprudence analysing working group for the purpose of examination of the lower courts’ practice in condominium related cases. The analysis involved cases between the period of 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2015, and covered 25 different questions.
In order to replace Hungarian Act 1994 of LXXI on Arbitration, a new act on arbitration has been enacted by the Parliament on 30 May 2017. According to the explanatory memorandum, the new act is intended to create an attractive investment environment for the foreign companies. It is also beneficial for the Hungarian companies, as quicker and more professional form of arbitration could encourage the foreign companies to initiate the arbitration procedure in Hungary, which would be more cost-efficient for Hungarian companies.
A new act on Prevention and Combating of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing will enter into force, replacing the anti-money laundering act currently in force, on 26 June 2017. The new act is intended to implement the provisions of the EU Directive 2015/849 (i.e. the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive).
As of 1 July 2017, an amendment to the Bankruptcy and Liquidation Proceedings Act will enter into force, aiming at close the loopholes and consolidating the case law. The amendment clarifies the provisions on the disputing of the claim by the debtor and on the statutory requirements of the payment reminder to be sent by the creditor. The regulations on the option right and the transfer of rights and claims for security purposes will also be amended.
The Hungarian Parliament has started the general debate concerning the new bill on the mandatory filing of country-by-country report by multinational enterprise groups (MNE Groups) located or operating in the EU. The aim is to hinder the aggressive tax-planning practices of the MNE Groups with a total consolidated revenue equal or higher than €750 million by strengthening the mandatory exchange of information. Increased transparency could have the effect of giving MNE Groups an incentive to abandon the above practices.
At the end of March 2017, the Hungarian Ministry of Justice published the bill of the new act on attorneys at law. The bill includes significant amendments compared to the current regulations. As a main amendment, in house lawyers preparing and countersigning the deeds of the company and acting in court proceedings on behalf of the company would be integrated in the bar association.
At the end of March 2017, the Hungarian Parliament accepted the amendment to the Building Act, which enters into force on 27 April 2017. According to the current rules, if natural persons start the construction of new buildings which do not exceed the limit of 300 sqm or the extension of existing residential buildings up to 300 sqm, the constructions works have to be carried out by a simple notification instead of a building permit.