Deputy Prime Minister promises renationalization of public utility companies

Parliament

Public utility companies should all be renationalized, Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén said yesterday at an electoral event in Csákvár, a town 57 km west of Budapest. Local elections are due in Hungary on October 12.

Foreign companies should no longer have a word in deciding “whether there will be heating in the winter or not” declared Semjén, who also heads the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP), an ally of the ruling Fidesz party,

Last Wednesday chair of  Fidesz’s parliamentary group Antal Rogán said that the cabinet was planning to set up two non-profit public companies. One would be an energy provider, the other a water and waste management services supplier.  

Fully nationalizing the energy sector was the “only way” to guarantee the supply security of Hungarians, Semjén stressed. Thanks to the “radical cut” in energy prices, Hungarians have been able to “keep some money in the pockets”, thus stimulating domestic consumption, the Deputy Prime Minister added.

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