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Hungary loses international lawsuit on tobacco licenses

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Népszabadság thinks the government should compensate former tobacconists who lost their licenses after the reform introduced in 2012, after one of them won his case against Hungary at the European Court of Human Rights.


A new chapter in the tobacco shop debate

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Left-wing and liberal commentators fulminate about the exemption of tobacco shops from the municipal ban on the sale of alcohol after 10 pm. A critical conservative blogger warns against overregulation. A pro-government columnist likens the Democratic Coalition’s initiative to paint the pavement in front of tobacco shops to Nazi practices. READ MORE

Tobacco shop scandal rolls on

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Left-wing, liberal and centrist commentators wonder whether Fidesz will try to cover up a scheme in which their local politicians could influence the distribution of tobacco shop licenses according to the political leanings of those who applied. READ MORE

The tobacco shop scandal and the election game

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

An independent analyst writes that until the tobacco shop scandal emerged, Fidesz could set the political agenda. But as recent events have shown, it cannot feel safe. This is the kind of issue which can turn many voters against them, even a few days before the elections. READ MORE

Transparency restrictions criticised

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

A centre-right columnist finds that the new amendment to the Freedom of Information Act is a grave mistake, but he discloses that he was told by inside sources that the real reason behind it was not to cover up the tobacco shop concession-scandal. READ MORE

Tobacco shop concessions and the governing party

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of nepotism over changes to the law on selling tobacco products. They believe that the government imposed a monopoly on the selling of cigarettes in order to offer lucrative business possibilities to its own people. READ MORE