(MTI) – Laszlo Kover told commercial news channel Hir TV late on Saturday that he would feel honoured to be given the chance to fill again the post of speaker of Hungary’s next parliament.
He said he felt comfortable occupying the post over the past four years and would have no reason to reject such an offer.
Commenting on the outcome of the April 6 parliamentary election, he said it demonstrated voters’ appreciation of the government’s efforts to address real problems and stand up for these also beyond the borders. He noted that after a period of nearly one hundred years, all Hungarians had the chance to cast their votes at the election in Hungary, including members of the ethnic kin living abroad.
The new house rules will provide a framework for a stricter but more relaxed speed of legislation. Some of the reforms and changes are only just starting, the transformation of state administration has not yet been completed and there are many tasks ahead in education, he said.
Detailed debates will be carried out by committees with 35-40 members but their publicity will be preserved and the opportunity for debate will not be restricted in any way, he added.
Commenting on European Union procedures against Hungary, he said he understood the feelings of a significant Hungarians who say “it would be better outside, but it is not conceivable.”
“The price (of such a move) would be so high that it would do more harm than good,” he said.
Hungary needs to find allies for its battles but if a majority cannot be achieved then it is necessary to adapt to the common rules even if they are considered unwise and “double standards are applied.”
The sweeping majority of Hungarians would not want to see Hungary quit the EU because they understand that the several billions of forints development support is unavoidable for Hungary’s development, Kover said.
He said moves by the bureaucrats in Brussels actually work to the benefit of radical nationalist Jobbik in Hungary and other Euro-sceptic parties abroad.
Commenting on the opposition Socialists’ initiative to have a room in Brussels named after former Prime Minister Gyula Horn, he said it was a campaign move.
“To say the least,” Horn was not a representation of unity but of division, he added.