The opposition LMP and Democratic Coalition parties have called on the government to put a freeze on battery plant investments in the country.
At its “marathon” three-day cabinet meeting this week, the government omitted to take the views of ordinary Hungarians, experts and greens into consideration, and halt “highly polluting and harmful” battery plant investments in Hungary, Máté Kanász-Nagy, deputy leader of LMP’s parliamentary group, said on Thursday. Kanász-Nagy noted that a demonstration planned for Thursday evening in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, is going ahead.
DK environmental spokesman Olivio Kocsis-Cake, at an online news briefing, cited the Financial Times as saying that the government subsidy for the battery plant in Debrecen totalled 320 billion forints, and he demanded the government reveal how much it is spending on subsidising the building of battery plants. Kocsis-Cake demanded that all battery plants already operating or under construction in Hungary should be reassessed with the help of independent experts from the point of view of environmental protection, water management and the labour market.
Dániel Z. Kárpá, an MP of the opposition Jobbik party, proposed that battery manufacturers should be required to meet conditions ensuring the protection of Hungarian water resources. Also, the organised import of guest workers should cease, he said, adding that Hungarians should make up 95 percent of the workforce at the plants. He called for the suspension of the subsidies given to the battery manufacturers and urged the government to support job creation and retention by domestic small and medium-sized businesses instead of multinationals.
Self-professed “experts” and greenies, yes, but I doubt in the extremest of heights that it’s “ordinary Hungarians” whose views weren’t being taken into account here. Ordinary Hungarians don’t want to sacrifice their standard of living and wealth at the altar of the private jet-setting and megayacht-gallivanting globalist elites’ agenda. Ordinary Hungarians want low gas and electric bills, cheap food (and I mean marhaporkolt, not ground cricket burgers), cheap flights, low taxes, and plenty of jobs. Yes, it all goes against the elites’ agenda but, you see, that is why we have free elections and that is why we elect people like Mr. Orban and Fidesz.