Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the goal in 2024 is to return the focus of politics to families after a year of "great struggles".
The prime minister told an international press briefing that if Hungarians spent 2023 “struggling and working to protect what they had”, the government hopes that the country will be working to take a step forward in 2024. PM Orbán added that 2023 had been a year of “great struggles”, noting the challenges of the war, the growing threat of terrorism, migration, inflation “and Brussels”. He said the government’s goal concerning each of these struggles had been clear: Hungary had to stay out of the war, keep the heightened threat of terrorism outside the country, curb migration, push down inflation, and reach a deal with Brussels “despite the constant impedance”. Orbán said the government had accomplished its goals when it came to addressing inflation, war, migration and the threat of terrorism. Families had also struggled this year because the war had brought with it sanctions and rising energy prices, which had endangered the value of pensions and wages, he said, noting that the government had succeeded in protecting the value of pensions, while wages would also be protected to a greater extent than had appeared mid-year.