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Budapest: Hungarian Parliament held a special session on Friday and voted on a number of measures to help manage the flood of refugees that have been pouring into Hungary from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other crisis regions.

The new law deals with the huge number of people who have to be registered under European Union regulations, Xinhua news agency reported.

Parliament has resolved to handle the registration in special procedures in “transit zones”, along the border or in Budapest, rather than waiting until the people are moved to less transient holding facilities.

Authorities will be required to decide on whether to accept asylum requests within eight days of application.

Courts will be able to invalidate such decisions and call for cases to be revisited.

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Parliament has also exempted vehicles officially transporting refugees from paying highway tolls.

At the same time, it has declared illegally crossing the border, damaging the border fence, or preventing ongoing fence construction to be felony offenses. Under the new law migrants found in violation must be expelled from the country and also may be imprisoned beforehand.

Under these laws the people who organise people-smuggling rings will face 10 to 20 years imprisonment.

Parliament has also agreed that laws protecting arable land and the environment may be suspended to build emergency facilities to house refugees in crisis situations. The government has been given the authority to pass decrees allowing such construction.

The new laws will take effect on the day after they are promulgated, expected to be on or before September 15.

(IANS)

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Hungary to Introduce Green Vehicles by 2022

"The plastic in the installation came from the Italian coast, collected by volunteers," Greenpeace explained in a statement

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"The program brings together economic development and green policies," the statement quoted Gyorgy Laszlo. Wikimedia Commons

Hungary’s public transport systems will offer greener services by switching to non-polluting vehicles, official sources said here on Tuesday.

“Regional councils are taking steps to introduce green buses to Hungary’s public transport system,” the Hungarian government announced in a statement on its website. “Over the course of ten years, the authorities anticipate that 7,500 vehicles will be changed to a greener alternative,” the statement said.

By 2022, passengers should be able to travel on green buses everywhere in the country. In the next two to three years, every sixth bus in the country is expected to be sustainable, the Xinhua news agency reported.

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“The plastic in the installation came from the Italian coast, collected by volunteers,” Greenpeace explained in a statement. Wikimedia Commons

“The program brings together economic development and green policies,” the statement quoted Gyorgy Laszlo, minister of state responsible for economic strategy and regulation, as saying.

The switch to green vehicles will be co-financed by the Hungarian government, local city councils and privately-owned companies, including Ikarus, Kravtex, Inter Traction Electrics and Chinese electric bus and truck maker BYD. BYD opened its first European manufacturing plant in the industrial park at Komarom in northwestern Hungary after a $22.4 million investment in April 2017.

Also on Tuesday, Greenpeace staged a spectacular protest in the heart of Budapest by erecting two giant “whales from the patch of plastic garbage in the sea,” warning that plastic waste and microfibers were now everywhere, in seas, rivers, forests and even in drinking water.

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BYD opened its first European manufacturing plant in the industrial park at Komarom in northwestern Hungary after a $22.4 million investment in April 2017. Pixabay

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“The plastic in the installation came from the Italian coast, collected by volunteers,” Greenpeace explained in a statement. The Hungarian government is aware of the dangers of plastic pollution, and announced in October 2018 a total ban on plastic bags from 2021 in order to help preserve the planet.

“From 2021, plastic bags will totally be banned in Hungary,” said Martina Makai, Deputy State Secretary for green economy, climate policy and key public services at the Ministry for Innovation and Technology. (IANS)