Hungarian Government To Impose Punitive Tax on Foreign-Funded NGOs Supporting Illegal Immigration
by Egri Nök
An original translation from Die Welt:
“Stop Soros Package”
Hungarian Government Plans Punitive Taxes For Refugee Helpers
Viktor Orbán continues to proceed rigorously against refugees and their supporters within the country. Now NGOs are to be sanctioned by a tax. It is not the first measure of its kind.
Hungary’s right-wing nationalist government plans a new punitive tax for NGOs which help refugees and mainly cover their expenses by foreign donations. This is what the Hungarian Interior Minister Sandor Pinter announced on Wednesday after a government meeting. The tax will be 25 percent.
The measure is part of a planned package of laws intended to regulate the work of NGOs which are associated with the so-called “Soros Plan”. The “Stop Soros Package” further specifies that organizations that help, as the motion calls them, “illegal migrants”, will have to register with the court. Foreign workers for such organizations might be expelled. The draft bill is to be voted on by parliament after discussion by different councils and leagues.
Organizations will have to register
Since 2017 a law has already been in place that forces all civil organizations who receive more than €24,000 per year in foreign aid to register with court. They will also have to include the specification “foreign-aided organization” in all publications. The law is currently subject to a violation of contract proceeding by the EU.
The “Soros Plan” is at the center of a month-long crusade by prime minister Viktor Orbán’s government. He accuses the US billionaire George Soros, who supports numerous civil organizations, of intending to “flood” Europe with migrants to destroy its “Christian and national identity”. There is no proof for such a plan by the Hungarian-born philanthropist.