Máté Kocsis: We are committed to peace

In a press briefing held on Thursday, Máté Kocsis, parliamentary group leader of the incumbent Fidesz-KDNP, announced that they will submit a political declaration to the National Assembly on the Russian-Ukrainian war.

MP Kocsis stated that the government's position is clear: The country does not want to be dragged into the conflict. However, they feel that they are under immense political pressure and therefore have decided to submit a political declaration to the Hungarian parliament.

The declaration includes seven points and expresses a commitment to peace, as well as the expectation that all members of the international community be determined to promote peace as soon as possible and avoid actions that could lead to an escalation of the war.

The declaration also reaffirms Hungary's commitment to NATO and the European Union, and it rejects Brussels' misguided sanctions because “they have not helped in ceasing hostilities, nor have they brought the Russian economy to its knees.”

In addition, the declaration recognizes Ukraine's right to self-defense and condemns Russia's military aggression. However, it also affirms that “no one can force Hungary to put the interests of any country before its own.”

The statement stresses the importance of the Hungarian government continuing to do everything possible to help refugees in Ukraine. It also notes that the Hungarian community in Transcarpathia is being seriously affected by the military conflict.

The prime minister had asked the Fidesz parliamentary group to support the Swedish and Finnish NATO membership, but the group is very divided on the issue. Kocsis added that a serious debate had emerged, with many criticizing the fact that "politicians from these countries have insulted Hungary in a crude, unfounded, and often vulgar manner in recent years, and now they are asking for a favor."

Therefore, the speaker of the National Assembly has been asked to send a delegation to Sweden and Finland for further information and consultation.

MP Kocsis explained that the goal is to clarify outstanding political disputes with these countries, adding that “Hungary is committed to maintaining, enlarging and strengthening both NATO and the European Community" but “will do its utmost to promote peace.”

The parliamentary group leader criticized the European community for "supplying weapons for everything, instead of using its power to make peace." In accordance with the growing U.S. influence, Máté Kocsis expressed that this emerging pro-war rhetoric within Europe is leading to a step-by-step escalation in the region. For this reason, he stated that Hungary “will argue against anyone who wants to drag Hungary into war.”

MP Kocsis also stressed the need to tighten the child protection system and rules in Hungary, particularly in areas that support violent gender propaganda and put children at risk. He cited a recent case of a teaching assistant in Hungary who was openly talking about his sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy on TikTok as an example of the need for legislation to be extended to criminal law instruments.

In relation to this matter, MP Kocsis also expressed concerns about the criticism from international organizations, which he believes are often foreign-funded political pressure groups.

The parliamentary group leader emphasized, "My child is mine, I raised him, I know what is good for him, I know what pace I want him to go at and what I want him to do. Get away from the children, get very far away, or there will be trouble." Kocsis expects a "fierce" debate both domestically and within Europe regarding the issue of child protection rules and gender propaganda.

On the issue of campaign financing of the Left, Kocsis called for the State Audit Office of Hungary to investigate illegal party and campaign funds. Finally, he dismissed the possible connection of other officials in the Völner-Schadl affair, stating that the law must be obeyed by all in Hungary and no charges have been brought against Fidesz MPs.

On the economic front, Máté Kocsis stressed that the Hungarian government is committed to maintaining price freezes until inflation is on a downward trend, adding that the government has pledged to get inflation down to single digits by the end of the year and that the EU sanctions are a blind spot for everyone. Kocsis expressed optimism that Hungarian inflation has peaked and will be on a “declining curve” from here.

Regarding the battery factory in Debrecen, MP Kocsis stressed that they expect the investor to comply with the strictest environmental rules accepted in Germany and the European Union. He also noted that the decision to hold a referendum would be made by the Electoral Commission or the court, but the parliamentary group “is always in favor of it whenever people can be asked about something.”

Regarding the 2024 European Women's Handball Championship, Máté Kocsis said that the energy situation has led to the closure of many sports clubs, leaving thousands of children without sporting facilities. MP Kocsis told the press that he had offered an agreement to the government, which it accepted, to potentially withdraw from the championships; some of the saved money could be given as a subsidy to maintain the existing recreational infrastructure.

Kocsis refuted press reports that public lighting would be nationalized, stating that this had not been discussed at the group meeting and there was no such proposal in general. He also commented on the European Parliament's Pegasus Committee, saying that the government had not met the committee. According to him, the committee wanted to bring preconceived ideas to the table; furthermore, Kocsis stated clearly that there has been no illegal wiretapping in Hungary since 2010.

Finally, he praised the Hungarian Village program as a successful program that has helped many small villages catch up, and he expressed his hopes that the government will continue the program in the future.