Concerning the campaign activities of Péter Márki-Zay, the united opposition’s prime ministerial candidate for the April parliamentary election, Gergely Gulyás, the prime minister’s chief of staff, said “his remarks are offensive to various communities”, adding that “his hate-mongering is unacceptable”.
“Brussels would no doubt hit the jackpot with an opposition victory because it would pave the way for the implementation of its migration plan, allow the utility bill reduction to be scrapped and thwart the promotion of Hungary’s national sovereignty,” he said. If an opposition government scrapped the utility programme,
it would increase each household’s annual expenditures by 500,000 forints (EUR 1,400),
Asked about the family support system, Gulyás said subsidies would be extended and expanded if the ruling parties won the ballot on April 3. He said Hungary spent the largest share of its budget on family support among EU member states.
Answering a question about European post-pandemic recovery funds, Gulyás said
“Brussels would not sign an agreement during the election campaign”,
adding that “they will have to come to an agreement with the incumbent government if Fidesz wins the election”. The funds, he said, included some 300 billion forints for health developments, which the government wants to launch as soon as possible.
The government “firmly rejects” proposals to privatise health services “as suggested by Péter Márki-Zay”,
Gulyás also noted concerns raised by Didier Reynders, justice commissioner of the EU, concerning the transparency of the upcoming election, saying that “all observers are welcome”. He added that the government had invited OSCE monitors to observe the vote.
Asked in connection with a corruption scandal involving the head of the branch of bailiffs and a former state secretary if the rules governing public officials’ asset declarations should be reviewed, Gulyás said
he hoped that “the vast majority” of MPs gave a realistic picture of their finances in the declarations.
He added that Pál Völner, the former state secretary in question, did not have to return his parliamentary mandate until he was proven guilty. “Until then, he can decide whether to leave or stay,” Gulyás said. Answering a question, he said there was no evidence “even to suggest” that Antal Rogan, the prime minister’s cabinet chief, could be implicated in the scandal.