Budapest, May 5 (MTI) – The candidates of parties participating in the upcoming European parliamentary election are likely to hold a discussion in parliament on the evening of May 23, independent lawmaker Gergely Karacsony said today.
Karacsony, who proposed the debate on behalf of E-PM, spoke after talks convened to find a date with representatives of the Socialist Party, radical nationalist Jobbik and the green LMP party.
Participants in the talks agreed that the debate should be open to the press but not to the general public in case there was heckling, Karacsony said. It was also agreed that each participant in the debate would be given equal time to put their ideas forward, he said.
Karacsony said it was “extremely shameful” that ruling Fidesz has not even responded to E-PM’s call for the debate. He added, however, that the doors would remain open for Fidesz and other parties such as the leftist Democratic Coalition (DK) to join the debate should they change their mind.
A representative of DK had turned up for Monday’s talks but left before the actual meeting started, saying that his party would not talk to Jobbik.
Tibor Szanyi, who heads the Socialists’ list of MEP candidates, called it an obligation for each of the eight parties running in the EP election to present and discuss their programme before the vote. He insisted that the debate was part of the election procedure.
Sandor Porzse, a Jobbik spokesman, said that the parties owed it to voters to offer a comparison between their programmes so that they could make the best choice.
Tamas Meszerics, who heads LMP’s list, said it was a “moral obligation” for the parties to inform their supporters, and voiced his party’s readiness for a debate “with anyone, on any subject, and at any time”.
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