The Hungarian Government submitted a bill on environmental protection product charges to the Hungarian Parliament in September 2017. The bill implements the changes of Directive 2012/19/EU on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, which targets to make easier the payment of the charge and to reduce the administrative burden of the undertakings.
The Hungarian Parliament adopted a new act on non-judicial civil proceedings on 12 October 2017. The purpose of this act is to determine the rules that apply to all non-judicial civil proceedings before the courts, provided that the law governing the proceeding in question does not regulate otherwise, and the main goal is to regulate these proceedings in a more appropriate and transparent way.
According to the current provisions of the Code on the Civil Procedure, a private document shall, until proven otherwise, have full probative force, verifying that the issuer has in fact made the statement that the document contains, or undertakes to consider himself bound by such statement, provided that the rules regarding the form of using witnesses is observed.
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.