During the inauguration of a new conference and training center for the Hungarian Scout Association in Nagykovácsi, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the government and the association share the same basic values.
The prime minister said both institutions want to train resourceful young people who believe in the values that have sustained Hungarians for a thousand years. He added that hopefully the two can act as allies in the future.
“Family, the homeland and a comradeship in which we stand up for each other are the natural bases of our way of thinking. We believe that Hungarians belong together, whether they live in diasporas or in Hungary, and that the nation is a living community," the prime minister said.
PM Orbán added that the refurbished site is to become a center of force of the new Christian democracy of the 21st century. This paradigm guarantees the dignity, security and freedom of people, the equality of men and women, the traditional family model, Chrisitan culture, and gives the nation a “chance to survive and prosper” in the 21st century, he said.
József Pótor, executive chairman of the association, said that scouts are “the type of youth needed nowadays”. They have learnt cooperation, recognize and swiftly solve problems and work not for themselves but others, he said.
The center was originally established in a 19th century castle consecutively owned by the Teleki and Tisza families. The Hungarian government donated it to the scouts in 2013, and funded the reconstruction with a 2.5 billion HUF (7.8m EUR) grant. The Scout Association is to hold conferences, jamborees and trainings on the site.