PM: Hungary should be loyal to EU, NATO allies

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As a member of NATO and the European Union, "Hungary should be loyal to its allies, but should take all steps to defend its economic interests stemming from its geopolitical situation," Prime Minsiter Viktor Orbán told a session of the Hungarian Diaspora Council in Budapest today, according to MTI.

Noting that the internatioal press has called his policy pro-Russian, Orbán said that point of view is "nonsense, as Hungary is pro-Hungarian," and the protection of Hungarian interests and sovereignty are the guiding principles for the government's work.

Hungarians have no interest in a new Cold War, said the prime minister, adding that he would not contribute to any policy aimed to bring the Cold War back to Central Europe.

By questioning EU policies such as the sanctions on Russia, Orbán said, Hungary had "re-buttoned the EU coat", because a good European is not one who "swallows anything" but one who stands up for national interests.

As for the gas and nuclear deals that Hungary had concluded with Russia, Orbán reportedly said the country has regained its energy sovereignty. He added that it would be a hopeless effort to try to recover Hungary's "dented international reputation" by way of ideological debates, because the Hungarian government sees many things differently from the western mainstream.

Pointing to Fidesz's two-thirds majority in the 2010 vote, before the party began changing the constitution, the prime minister said that Hungarian citizens had authorized the government to reform the system of public law and the rules of the political game. The new basic law that Hungary passed is "the only constitution screened by the EU", said Orbán, who reportedly described it as a "kosher constitution".

 

New era for the country: State Reform II

In the coming years, the government is planning to implement the largest economic development program of all time, and it will include installing broadband internet connection in every Hungarian home, Orbán said, according to MTI. He reportedly added that, by the end of 2018, all motorways will be extended to the border.

The development program is entitled State Reform II, and chances are good that, by the end of 2018 Hungary would be able to offer full employment for its residents, the prime minister was reported as saying. Orbán also promised to develop the most flexible labour market in Europe and stabilise the tax system.

Demography issues would remain in focus, according to the prime minister, who has supported the growth of Hungarian families. He noted that next year's tax laws would aim to strengthen family support and introduce benefits encouraging marriage.

The Prime Minister promised that the Sándor Csoma Kőrősi program to help Hungarian diaspora would continue. A total of HUF 1 bln was allocated for next year's budget for strengthening Hungarian cultural organisations under this program, and HUF 500 mln was included for the Mikes program to rescue cultural assets in the diaspora, he said.

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