by Gábor LASSÁNYI and Szabina MERVA
On the 7th of November 2011, the Hungarian Parliament’s majority enacted the modification of the law on the Protection of the Hungarian Cultural Heritage. According to the latest modification before the enactment, not only on major investments, but on each project it will be impossible to effectively protect the archeological heritage in Hungary. The law came into effect on the 15th of November 2011.
At the end of September, both in Hungary and internationally as well, the new law on the Hungarian cultural heritage evoked a cultural scandal. The 2011/LXIV proposal T/3486 law regarding cultural heritage management was drawn up without any negotiation with the Hungarian archeological society. According to the new legislation, the time frame regarding archeological excavations prior to starting major investments on a site, was limited to 30 days maximum for test excavation, with an addition of an extra 30 days of prior excavation. In addition, the amount of subsidy given by the investors was capped at 1% of the amount of the whole project, or maximum 200 million Forints (ie. 670,000 Euros).