New ministers warn of migration, bash EU liberals

The parliamentary hearings of the fourth Orban government’s minister-elects continued on Tuesday.

Peter Szijjarto, who has been nominated to continue as Hungary’s foreign minister, highlighted new security challenges for Hungary and the region, and said that a possible increase in migration could lead to another crisis. Speaking before parliament’s national security committee on Tuesday, Szijjarto said that some 30-35 million people in North Africa and the Middle East “could decide to leave” for Europe, while several more million in the Sub-Saharan region could also set off.

The draft report of the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee (LIBE) on Hungary is “an indictment listing old affairs”, Laszlo Trocsanyi, the justice minister-elect, told parliament’s EU affairs hearing. The report presented by Green MEP Judith Sargentini in Brussels this spring expressed concern over the state of the rule of law in Hungary. Trocsanyi said the report is based on “several political insinuations” and carries a list of affairs that “have already been resolved”. 

Hungary’s new government will continue to consider European Union membership a national interest but will not refrain from criticising the institutions, operations and crisis management methods of the EU, Gulyas Gergely, the minister-elect to head the Prime Minister’s Office told parliament’s European affairs committee. The minister-elect described Sargentini and other politicians with similar ideas as “diggers of the European community’s grave”.

The government will keep up the funding for minorities in Hungary, the deputy prime minister-elect in charge of national and ethnic minorities, Zsolt Semjen told a parliamentary committee hearing. Central budget allocations to support minorities in Hungary have tripled to 10.5 billion forints (EUR 33m), Zsolt Semjen reminded.

Hungary’s new government will aim to reduce taxes further for private individuals as well as businesses, Mihaly Varga, the finance minister-elect, said at a hearing before a parliamentary committee.

Boosting the competitiveness of state-owned companies as well as preserving and growing the value of state-owned assets are important policy goals, Andrea Bartfai-Mager, the minister-elect without portfolio in charge of national assets, said in a hearing before a parliamentary committee.

A new state secretariat for environmental issues is to be set up at the farm ministry in the new government, the minister-elect of agriculture, Istvan Nagy, said at a hearing of the parliamentary committee for sustainable development.

Source and photo: MTI


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