Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said putting the Hungarian economy back on a growth path is a "realistic goal".
During an interview with commercial television TV2 on Wednesday, the prime minister said he “could not exclude” inflation falling to around 7% by the end of December. While the government planned next year’s budget with inflation at 6%, “it now seems more likely that inflation will be lower, even as low as 5%,” he added. “My feeling is that we are on a good path,” PM Orbán said. “In 2023 we were fighting that the situation should not be worse, next year we will work to make it better,” he said. “From this aspect 2024 looks like a much more hopeful year than 2023 was,” he added. Answering a question about the recently adopted sovereignty protection act, PM Orbán said it had been prompted by the transfer of foreign funds to the Hungarian opposition before the 2022 general elections. “The law has been designed to make sure that Hungarians can decide for themselves what should happen in their country” and to prevent foreign influence, he said. Asked what Hungary can be most proud of in 2023, the prime minister noted the Nobel prizes received by Hungarian scientists Katalin Karikó and Ferenc Krausz.
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