Cabinet Chief Antal Rogán said the government’s policies are informed by the National Consultation public surveys and “points of agreement” found with the public.
In his annual hearing in front of parliament’s judiciary committee, Rogán said the most important points of agreement, which appeared in several surveys, concerned the job-based economy, family protection, border protection and national sovereignty. The last survey regarding coronavirus measures was conducted in the summer and gave Hungarians an opportunity to give responses to questions about the handling of the first wave.
Rogán said the government thus shaped its response to the second wave in agreement with the Hungarian people. Accordingly, the shopping timeframe dedicated to elderly customers was reintroduced on Monday, he noted. That step was supported by 62 percent of respondents in the survey. The survey also indicated that Hungarians want the country to remain functional for as long as possible, and supported measures such as wearing face masks, closing the borders and other protective measures, Rogán said.
Addressing the subject of government communications, Rogán said the lion’s share of communication spending in 2020 was on providing information about the government’s coronavirus measures. Meanwhile, a campaign to get consumers to buy Hungarian-made products was funded in support of domestic economy, he added. Campaigning targeting foreign tourists was suspended during the epidemic, while Hungarians were encouraged to spend their holidays at home, to help preserve jobs, Rogán said.
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