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May 15, 2020

Coronavirus Update: PM Orbán focuses on rebuilding the economy

In his regular interview slot on Kossuth Radio this morning, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Hungary must be a country that creates as many jobs as the virus destroys, emphasizing that in Hungary, the basis of the economy is work.

 

In his regular interview slot on Kossuth Radio this morning, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Hungary must be a country that creates as many jobs as the virus destroys, emphasizing that in Hungary, the basis of the economy is work.

The prime minister said there is a state job creation program, one element of which is public employment, where up to 200,000 people can be employed; the military has also started recruiting. In addition, the government has introduced wage subsidies for research and development as well as general wage subsidies, and 5,400 businesses have submitted requests for this so far, with the salaries of 74,000 people being supported.

PM Orbán said that there have been several significant tax cuts recently; these, along with investment support and job protection tools, can help create as many jobs as have been destroyed. “We have won the first battle against the epidemic,” the prime minister said. Based on the partial data, the epidemic has been curbed.

Touching on EU affairs, PM Orbán said that the European Parliament’s verdict was decided before any witnesses were heard. “The European Parliament's behavior is not surprising, and we can bear it,” he added.

“We are in the middle of a pandemic, and Hungary has been one of the most successful countries in defending against it,” the PM pointed out. “What is really worrying is that the bureaucrats in Brussels, who are paid by us, are busy attacking one of the most successful countries [against the pandemic] instead of helping the people. We created the Union to help, not hinder us,” he stressed.

There is a coordinated attack on Hungary, as evidenced by the ruling on transit zones, the prime minister continued. “Migration remains the main plan of the bureaucrats in Brussels, and they would like to bring migrants into Hungary somehow,” he stated.

PM Orbán said that a clash between the EU court and the Hungarian constitution is now visible, and in this case, the Hungarian constitution will prevail.

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