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2010-12-23

2010 in review: The government’s most important measures

The end of the year is traditionally the time to compile top 10 lists. We gathered for a somewhat subjective list the top ten most important policies and measures enacted by the Fidesz-government since it took power.
2010 in review: The government’s most important measures

The end of the year is traditionally the time to compile top 10 lists. We gathered  for a somewhat subjective list the top ten most important policies and measures enacted by the Fidesz-government since it took power. We compiled the ranking  based on the actual or anticipated effects of the given policies, but we have to admit that some of these might turn out to be more or less influential than we  currently perceive. So after this short disclaimer, we present our top ten in  government action 2010:

1. Restricting the Constitutional Court’s judicial review authority

2. Nationalisation of mandatory private pension funds

3. State Audit Office, Fiscal Council, etc. - rendering independent oversight ineffectual

4. A media law with lots of possibilities – some very menacing

5. The tax package

6. Robin Hood taxes

7. So long, IMF, and thanks for all the dough

8.  Retroactive 98% tax on severance payments for public employee

9. Higher education reform

10. Laying off public employees became easier and a widely exercised
possibility

Policy Solutions' analysis on the government's most important measures in 2010 can be downloaded from here



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Policy Solutions is a progressive political research institute based in Budapest. It was founded in 2008 and it is committed to the values of liberal democracy, solidarity, equal opportunity and European integration. The focus of Policy Solutions’ work is on understanding political processes in Hungary and the European Union. Among the pre-eminent areas of our research are the investigation of how the quality of democracy evolves, the analysis of factors driving euroscepticism, populism and the far-right, and election research. 

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