Fidesz senior official admits to positive discrimination of Hungarian retailers

Retail

“Allowing small Hungarian retail shops to be open [on Sundays] has, no doubt, clear economic advantages,” Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament Gergely Gulyás said in an interview published by origo.hu yesterday. 

“In terms of a value-driven decision, there are other factors to be considered apart from short term political gain,” said Gulyás (pictured). The Sunday closure law that came into effect on March 15 of this year is has been criticized as reducing retail sales and therefore having a negative impact on the economy.

The bill was rejected twice in the past, because the Economy Ministry was opposed to it as being bad for business, until the bill was finally rewritten to favor smaller stores – including those that are part of the Hungarian CBA chain, the owner of which has been a major donor to the ruling Fidesz party.  

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