Fidesz-KDNP submits declaration on utilities to Parliament
MPs of governing Fidesz-KDNP submitted a political declaration defending utilities price cuts to Parliament yesterday. Fidesz-KDNP said the European Union bureaucracy was “trying to exert pressure” on Hungary to reverse the price cuts.
A two-step, government-mandated utilities price reduction this year is saving households 20% on their gas, electricity and district heating bills. The declaration states that most Hungarian utilities companies became foreign-owned, in a manner unprecedented in Europe, under the Socialist Party governments in 2002-2010.
The government guaranteed the companies' profit while raising gas prices 15 times and electricity prices on nine occasions, the Fidesz-KDNP coalition maintains.
In proportion to their incomes, Hungarian household utilities bills are among the highest in the EU, the declaration notes.
“The Hungarian Parliament calls on the Hungarian government not to allow bureaucratic pressure by the EU, to defend our home's guaranteed rights in the treaties and to consistently follow a policy of utilities price cuts!” reads the declaration in part.
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