“Let’s Stop Brussels” – National consultation launched in Hungary
Budapest, April 1 (MTI) – The government-initiated national consultation entitled “Let’s Stop Brussels” is on its way, with the first questionnaires arriving at Hungarian households on Friday, the state secretary of government communication said.
“The six questions asked are related to national independence,” Bence Tuzson told a press conference on Saturday.
The government is seeking voter support for retaining the regulation of taxes, wages and public utilities as a national competence, preventing illegal migration, and making the operation of international organisations and activist groups financed from abroad more transparent, he said.
In response to a question, Tuzson said that the consultation would cost about a net 950 million forints (EUR 3.1m).
Respondents can return their questionnaires free of charge before May 20.
The opposition Socialists said that “it is Prime Minister Viktor Orbán who should be stopped rather than Europe.”
Deputy party leader Nandor Gur told reporters on Saturday that Hungary’s competitiveness had deteriorated for seven years. There is merely one Hungarian region in the midfield of the EU’s 263 regions while the other six can be found in the bottom third and four of them among the poorest 20 regions, he said.