Orbán opens Parliament session with tough talk

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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán appeared before the opening session of Parliament’s spring season today, clearly feeling confident about the chances of his Fidesz-KDNP coalition in the upcoming national elections, emphatically reiterated his plans for Hungary on utility companies and forex-based loans when – not if – his party wins a big majority again.

On the party’s favored pillar for the 2014 campaign, i.e. the ongoing “battle against utility prices,” Orbán flat-out said that in order to “create the working conditions for non-profit energy providers” in the country, required is creation of a law “on the basis of which the government must establish the first Hungarian non-profit energy company.”

Orbán informed that the European Commission will indeed be launching legal procedures against the sitting government for the mandated cuts in utility prices in 2012, as was hinted last week.

As for the ever-popular topic of forex-based loans in Hungary, Orbán promised his government would soon be taking “further steps” necessary to help bail out indebted households “as soon as [the Hungarian supreme court] makes the necessary two decisions.”

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