Dec 13, 2017

Minister's year-end review: Unemployment and taxes down, wages up, and government will continue to fight the 'Soros plan'

The government has created 700,000 new jobs, increased the minimum wage from 73,500 HUF in 2010 to 127,500 HUF today, and is fighting the migrant crisis for all of Europe

The Hungarian government continues to actively oppose the 'Soros plan', according to a senior government official.

Antal Rogán, minister heading the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister, said the office is currently devising measures to prevent the ‘Soros Plan’ in preparation for its session in January.

Rogán said the notarial certificate of the national consultation survey clearly and verifiably proves that 2,171,500 questionnaires were received by post prior to the December 5th deadline. “This means that together with the 171,500 submitted via the internet, some 2,300,000 voiced their opinions during the course of the national consultation," he added.

“In view of the fact that the questionnaires processed so far clearly indicate that the vast majority of respondents reject the ‘Soros Plan’ and the restriction of Hungary’s sovereignty, steps must be taken in the interests of presenting the plan," he said.

“This is the government’s most important task today, and accordingly the Cabinet Office is working on drawing up the measures with which the implementation of George Soros’s ‘plan’ can be prevented in both Hungary and the territory of the European Union in time for its upcoming session in January," he stressed.

Rogán also highlighted the achievements of the government over the past year. Some 700,000 new jobs have been created, he said. The number of people in employment reached 3.7 million in 2010, and the number of people working in Hungary is now 4.5 million, he added.

“But it is not enough to create jobs; it is also important that working should be worth it, and this is why the government embarked on its policy of tax cuts," he said. The minister added that “the level of personal income tax has been reduced significantly to a flat rate of 15 percent”.

He also pointed out how the government has increased the lowest wages. The minimum wage was 73,500 HUF in 2010, but is now 127,500 HUF. Next year, it will have increased to a level that is 88 percent higher than it was in 2010, he said,

The minister added that in addition to reducing personal income tax and introducing family tax benefits, he said it was also important that the government had succeeded in reducing corporation tax, which used to be extremely high.