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Junior governing coalition partner, opposition refuse to debate "convergence law"

A proposal to Parliament submitted by Finance Minister János Veres which would require the targets outlined in Hungary's convergence programme to be met failed to come up for debate on Wednesday, after the opposition parties along with junior governing coalition partner SZDSZ assessed the measure as "empty talk", national daily Magyar Hírlap reported on Thursday.


    

 

Opposition MPs said they would not support the proposal because it was not accompanied by a strategy for reducing the general government deficit. SZDSZ MP Gábor Szalay agreed, saying his party would not debate the bill because it lacked substance. Magyar Hírlap noted that if SZDSZ stands by its position on the proposal, it could very well be scratched from the agenda.