February 12th, 2020
Fidesz lawmakers will hold a parliamentary group meeting next week, with "prison business" and the issue of compensation to Roma segregated in school high on the agenda. The ruling party has criticised the courts for awarding compensation to inmates who complain of poor prison conditions, insisting that canny lawyers are exploiting the system while raking in hefty fees. Also on the agenda of the away day in Balatonfured on Wednesday, to be addressed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, will be a lawsuit in connection with school segregation. The government is appealing against a court decision to award cash compensation to Roma who were segregated at school in Gyongyospata, in north-western Hungary. It has asked the Kuria, Hungary's supreme court, for an expedited procedure. The group said in a statement that the cases "offend people's sense of justice". The government contends that the Hungarian taxpayer resents having to pay large amounts of compensation both to inmates and former school students who have since claimed to have suffered discrimination.