Fidesz has promised that the spring session of parliament will be considerably more relaxed than the second half of 2011, when Parliament passed a record number of laws, many of which were controversial to boot. Still, there are some major pieces of legislation on the legislative agenda, with Fidesz planning comprehensive overhauls of both, the civil and criminal codes, for example. More importantly, the current plans constitute a vague promise that can easily be abandoned if reality or political desire require more changes. In fact, while a slower legislative pace would be beneficial in a politically overcharged environment, there are issues, notably healthcare, that need the government’s attention.
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