After a meeting of the ruling parties, Kocsis said the government will not change its position on the issue of child protection. He insisted that Brussels was “blackmailing Hungary by withholding recovery money” and vowed to hold a popular vote “on these issues”. “The Hungarian people will decide the matter,” the Fidesz politician said. Referring to the government’s decision to fund programs that would ordinarily receive EU monies until the funding is made available, he said it was “the right thing to launch our own programs during the transition period.” Kocsis said that at the group meeting Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said central European countries were visibly doing better than the rest of the bloc in making an economic recovery, noting that Hungary’s economy was likely to grow by an annual 7 percent or more this year.
Fidesz pledges referendum on child protection
The Hungarian people will decide on the issue of child protection in a referendum, not Brussels.