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Parliament starts fall session with talk of banks and NGOs

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As Parliament began its autumn session this week, Antal Rogán, head of the parliamentary group of the ruling Fidesz party, noted bank settlements involved not only foreign currency borrowers, but also forint-denominated ones, hvg.hu reported. “They, too, have a right to fair treatment and must be served justice” he said.

Commenting on criticism over recent police raids of civil groups involved in the disbursement of Norway Grant Funds, Rogán said the law must be observed by everyone and the government would not allow money to be stolen, even if it was from Norway. 

Gábor Vona, leader of the radical nationalist Jobbik party, responded by saying that Jobbik would support the loans settlement law, because it is on the side of the people who have suffered losses on their foreign currency loans. József Tóbiás, group leader of the opposition Socialists, accused the government of ripping off society.

He said social disparities had widened since 2010. Serving the “public good”, according to Orbán, is abusing the poor and intimidating NGOs. It does not want social harmony but a permanent fight, Tobias added.

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