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Jun 23, 2020

State Secretary: Pandemic has been a stress test for communities and economies all over the world

Zoltán Kovács told the BBC that the state of emergency powers enabled the government to take firm and timely action at the time of the crisis.

 

Zoltán Kovács, State Secretary of International Communication and Relations, said the novel coronavirus pandemic has been a stress test for governments, local communities and economies all over the world.

During an appearance on a BBC program, Kovács said that Hungarian healthcare did well in that test, however, its weaknesses were also demonstrated. Those deficiencies, such as a lack of supplies, were similar to those in other European countries, adding that the experiences gained could become useful in the future.

Answering a question about the Hungarian government’s special powers during the state of emergency, the state secretary said that the government’s power was based on a huge democratic mandate and a two-thirds majority in parliament. Kovács said that position enabled the government to take firm and timely action at the time of crisis, adding that the figures have proven the efficiency of those actions.

Concerning a suggestion that large companies had increased their revenues during the pandemic while others went bankrupt, Kovács said that Hungary’s representatives in the European Union were working to highlight that fact and that the bloc should protect itself against such challenges.

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