Minister Gulyás: The government does not discuss clemency cases

In today’s Government Info press conference, Gergely Gulyás, the minister heading the Prime Minister's Office, detailed the Hungarian government's longstanding dedication to supporting families and safeguarding children.

"Over the past 14 years, our government has placed a significant emphasis on the support of families and child protection," Gulyás stated, emphasizing the strategic initiatives undertaken to bolster family welfare.

Highlighting legislative milestones, Gulyás proudly referenced the enactment of stringent legal measures: "We have adopted what is considered Europe's strictest child protection law." This statement underscores the government's proactive approach to creating a safer environment for children.

The minister also critiqued the opposition's stance, revealing, "These decisions were not supported by the left, who also criticized them abroad."

The role of President Katalin Novák in advocating for families was acknowledged, although Gulyás expressed astonishment at a recent clemency decision, remarking, "The pardon decision came as a surprise to everyone, and what needed to happen, happened." He stressed the importance of the government's forward-looking perspective, especially in revising child protection laws. 

"It is crucial to review the child protection regulations, and we are open to supporting sensible tightening measures," Gulyás added, indicating potential policy adjustments. The anticipated acceptance of the president's resignation on February 26 marks a pivotal moment, he said.

Transparency in pardon cases was another topic Gulyás touched upon: "I am not opposed to making pardon cases public," he affirmed, adding that Hungary’s next president will surely make the most careful decisions in the future.

According to Gulyás, the Hungarian Government does not discuss clemency cases, and Prime Minister Orbán learned about the controversies surrounding the pardon case only from the press.

On the recent debates around decisions made by the Hungarian Reformed Church, Minister Gulyás said that "the government has no opinion on the situation within the Reformed Church."

On European relations and funding, Gulyás confirmed, "EU funds have been continuously arriving since the Commission gave the green light due to Hungary meeting the horizontal conditions." This financial inflow signifies ongoing cooperation between Hungary and the EU.

Addressing speculation about Tamás Deutsch's potential candidacy for Fidesz in the European Parliament elections, Gulyás noted, "Tamás Deutsch would be an excellent lead candidate for the governing parties, but no decision has been made yet."

In a stark reflection on the challenges posed by the European Parliament, Gulyás remarked, "The entire European Parliament is dangerous to democracy," echoing a sentiment of skepticism towards the institution.

Péter Magyar, former justice minister Judit Varga’s ex-husband, “wrote months ago: this is what he will do if he loses his position," Gergely Gulyás said in response to a question. Asked if he had tried to stop him, the minister said no, also noting that he did not like being threatened.