Jul 01, 2020

PM Orbán to hold online conference with Serbian President and Slovenian Prime Minister

The conference Europe without Censorship will be streamed on PM Orbán’s Facebook page next Wednesday.


Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will participate in an online conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša next Wednesday. The conference Europe without Censorship will be streamed on PM Orbán’s Facebook page.

Katalin Novák, a deputy leader of ruling Fidesz, told commercial broadcaster InfoRadio that the English-language conference aims to show what leaders “who enjoy an overwhelming majority” in their countries “truly think of Europe … without the distortion of translations.”

According to MTI, Novák said that due to the pandemic, endeavours by Fidesz and the European People’s Party to iron out their differences have been set back. “Even then, some have kept on trying to find a way to expel Fidesz from the party,” she added. EPP leader Donald Tusk, she said, had partnered with people who were determined “to divide the party family”.

“International forums are not used to clear, straight talking,” she said, explaining negative views of Fidesz abroad. Novák insisted such people were “unhappy Hungary’s national interests are being successfully asserted.”

Regarding family support, Novák said the government is spending HUF 2,300 billion (EUR 6.5bn) on subsidies this year, two and a half times the sum that went towards the same goal in 2010. During the pandemic, the Hungarian government has expanded support for families, she said. Applications were simplified and deadlines pushed back to ease their burden. The allowance for mothers of new born babies will be raised to 100% of the mother’s gross salary from July next year, leaving mothers with more money in the first half year of the baby’s life, she added.