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Sep 08, 2016

No future for Hungary outside the EU, government says

State Secretary Nándor Csepreghy said on behalf of the Hungarian government that there is no future for Hungary outside the EU

Hungarian politicians have met to discuss the European Union at an economic conference, it has been reported today.

During the discussions surrounding issues concerning Hungary’s European Union membership, none of the participants advocated an actual exit from the Union as such.

The conference entitled “Does the Hungarian economy have a future outside the European Union?” included a five-party debate, where state secretary Nándor Csepreghy said on behalf of the government that there is no future for Hungary outside the EU.

He said it was “narrow-minded” to interpret the government’s criticism of the system as a sign of wanting Hungary to leave the EU.

Daniel Z Kárpát, a spokesman for the Jobbik party, said his party did not want an exit in the short term, but it urged the government to make an assessment of the benefits and drawbacks to membership. In the years since Hungary’s EU accession, he said, negative circumstances in the country have not changed fundamentally.

He added that while economically Hungary’s was an integral part of the European scene and should remain so, the political centralization is unacceptable.

Speaking for the Socialists, Attila Mesterházy, noted that Jobbik had openly advocated the need for Hungary’s exit from the EU for a long time.

Zoltan Bognár, a spokesman for the Liberal Party, said Hungary must remain in the EU and added that some remarks by government politicians questioning the benefits of EU membership were “worrying”.

LMP’s Erzsébet Schmuck also voted to remain, but said the four principles of freedoms, namely the free movement of capital, goods and workers as well as the freedom to establish and provide services, must be reconsidered.