L’ufficio di Budapest dell’Open Society Foundations, di Gorge Soros verrà trasferito a Berlino. “Di fronte a un ambiente politico e giuridico sempre più repressivo in Ungheria, la Fondazione Open Society trasferisce le sue operazioni internazionali e il suo personale di Budapest verso la capitale tedesca” ha scitto l’Osf in una nota che collega la decisione al varo della legge ad personam ‘Stop Soros’ da parte del governo Orban che prevede pesanti tasse del 25 per cento sui finanziamenti e controlli sulle Ong finanziate dall´estero, la loro registrazione come “organizzazioni al servizio dello straniero” e autorizza la loro chiusura se vengono giudicate “minaccia alla sicurezza nazionale”.
The Open Society Foundations, founded by US-Hungarian businessman George Soros, said Tuesday that they were closing their Budapest office and relocating it to Berlin. The Hungarian authorities have introduced the so-called Stop Soros bill, which would regulate the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that deal with immigrants. These NGOs would also be required to ask the Interior Ministry for a license and pay a 25-percent tax on its foreign funding. “Faced with an increasingly repressive political and legal environment in Hungary, the Open Society Foundations are moving their Budapest-based international operations and staff to the German capital, Berlin,” the OSF said in a statement. The OSF added that the decision was connected with the Stop Soros act. “The decision to move operations out of Budapest comes as the Hungarian government prepares to impose further restrictions on nongovernmental organizations through what it has branded its ‘Stop Soros’ package of legislation,” the statement says. The Hungarian authorities also accused the OSF of interfering in the country’s domestic efforts to support pro-immigration causes.