BREAKING NEWS – Orbán: Hungarian government declares state of emergency

The government is declaring a state of emergency due to the armed conflict in a neighboring country, starting Tuesday midnight, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a video posted on Facebook.

Speaking hours after parliament approved an amendment to the Basic Law determining armed conflict, war or humanitarian disaster in a neighboring country as the causes of such a measure, Orbán said the war in Ukraine presents a constant danger for “Hungary, our physical security, the energy supply and the financial security of families and the economy.

“The government that was sworn in today started working immediately. Considering the war in a neighboring country, we did not lose a single second. A war of which no one can yet see the end,

he said.

“We have seen that the war and the sanctions from Brussels have caused great economic upheaval and drastic price increases. The world is on the verge of an economic crisis. Hungary must stay out of this war and must protect the financial security of families,” he said.

To do this, the government must be able to make decisions and act quickly. The state of emergency, similar to that introduced during the pandemic, will allow the government to react quickly and use “all the means at its disposal” to protect Hungary and Hungarians, he said.

“I’ll let you know our first decisions tomorrow,” Orban said.

Orbán: a responsible and “fiery” government is necessary

Hungary needs a spirited and responsible government that unites the country while showing the necessary strength, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told parliament on Tuesday.

Speaking ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of his fifth government, Orban said the tasks of the new cabinet are defined by “dangers and especially war”.

The government will need to preserve and strengthen the physical, material and cultural security of Hungary and the Carpathian Basin, support Hungarian families, boost Hungarian businesses and keep the economy on a growth path, Orbán said.

Members of the new government were troubled by various issues, he added.

No government since 1990 has received such a “big and united” mandate as the fourth consecutive Orbán government, the prime minister said. Its members will have to “justify this trust, which has been partly deserved, partly given in advance”, he specified.

“It will be particularly trying because we have barely left the coronavirus pandemic behind us, we have a war in our neighborhood and Brussels has crossed paths with its sons, so we cannot expect help from there”, a- he declared.

The strong mandate and “uncertain future” have increased government accountability, he added.

The 2020-2030 “decade of danger, uncertainty and war” has so far resulted in “a flood of refugees, an unprecedented rise in energy and fuel prices and inflation”, it said. said Orban. Meanwhile, the biggest geopolitical shake-up of the 21st century looms, along with a global energy and food crisis, he said. A destabilization of “vulnerable countries with large populations” could lead to further waves of migration and therefore growing challenges for the “wealthier part of the world, including Hungary”, he said.

All of this would be a challenge even “for a robust and eminently led European Union”. Instead, the bloc shows “delays, muddled ideologies and irrational decisions”, he said.

“At such times, Hungary cannot afford irresponsibility, division and weakness,” he said.

Orbán said he asked Judit Varga to continue leading the Justice Ministry.

“The Minister of Justice will have the task of enforcing the fundamental law of the country and safeguarding constitutionality, which is why I have assigned to the Minister the right of veto on any proposal submitted by any other ministry,” he said. -he adds.

he said. The ministry will also be in charge of the government’s relations with the EU, an area of ​​responsibility “which is not envied by any other minister”, Orbán said, praising Varga for being a strong defender of Hungary’s national interests in the debates with Brussels. He said that was also expected from Varga in the future.

Introducing Sándor Pintér, who will continue to serve as interior minister, Orbán noted that he and Pinter “served together for 16 years”, during which time the minister had fulfilled all the tasks entrusted to him with ” exemplary precision”. It restored public safety, drastically reduced crime, significantly cracked down on crimes against property and human life, and renewed and rejuvenated the police as they “regained their honor and dignity,” Orbán said. He said the country’s law enforcement agencies have earned long-standing merits during the coronavirus pandemic and the current refugee crisis in Ukraine, adding that Hungary will continue to need these capabilities in the coming period. . The Prime Minister also noted Pinter’s achievements in launching the fostered work program which had helped hundreds of thousands of unemployed find jobs in the primary labor market, as well as in managing the restructuring of the Hungarian municipal system. .

In politics, experience is the biggest asset, ‘that’s what really matters’, the prime minister said, adding that was why Pinter had been tasked with overseeing ‘the most difficult areas’ .

Introducing Zsolt Semjén, who will be minister responsible for policies for Hungarian communities abroad and policies for national minorities and relations with the churches as well as church diplomacy, Orbán said that he should “ensure that the idea of ​​the united Hungarian nation be enshrined in the Fundamental Principles”. The law a reality”. orban said

the ruling Christian Democrats formed the “intellectual and ideological” core of the government.

János Csák, who will lead a new ministry of culture and innovation, will be responsible for family policy, culture, higher education, vocational training and innovation, the prime minister said. The head of the Ministry of Culture and Innovation must be someone who knows the business world, “does not get lost in the modern maze of intellectual debate”, is disciplined but at the same time “looks for ways to go beyond the limits of today’s reality,” Orbán said.

With regard to Mihály Varga, who will remain Minister of Finance,

Orbán praised his “forward-looking rigor” which “enabled Hungary to maintain the balance between growth and fiscal discipline” during the pandemic.

The same will be expected of Varga now that the war presents a new challenge for the economy, the prime minister added.

Introducing László Palkovics, Minister of Technology and Industry, Orbán said he should continue the change started in recent years and develop Hungary’s energy system so that it meets the challenges of the new era. The ministry will have to address the situation created by rising consumption and prices while reducing Hungary’s harmful emissions, Orbán said.

István Nagy, the Minister of Agriculture, has been tasked with protecting Hungary from the effects of the impending global food crisis and further strengthening the position of Hungarian agriculture, he said.

Orbán said Tibor Navracsics, who was appointed minister for regional development and the use of European funds, had the best chance of defending himself “between the cogs of Brussels bureaucrats and Hungarian MEPs”.

Introducing Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, the new defense minister, Orbán said that Hungary’s defense development program in Zrínyi could make the Hungarian military one of the most capable in the region. The war next door “shows how irresponsible it was to let the military and defense take a back seat on the continent,” the prime minister said.

Orbán said he had instructed Antal Rogán, the head of the cabinet office, to communicate to the public the ideas and objectives behind the government’s decisions.

János Lázár, who will lead the new Ministry of Construction and Investment, has been tasked with ensuring that state resources devoted to investment are used efficiently, renewing building regulations and “protecting our built heritage,” said the Prime Minister.

Orbán said he expected Márton Nagy, minister without portfolio for economic development, to “help Hungary’s development through innovative economic policy decisions rooted in Hungarian logic”. [even if] some of them won’t help him make friends.

Europe’s economy is in “big trouble”, and Hungary will need new, unorthodox innovative measures if it is to develop further, he said.

“Breaking out of the debt trap, changing fiscal policy and capping prices were such measures,” he said.

Regarding the appointment of Péter Szijjártó, who remains Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Orbán said he had asked him to continue to represent Hungarian interests “as inexhaustibly as we expected”, to strengthen Hungary’s relations. with its allies and find new trade and investment opportunities.

In the new round,

Szijjártó will also be responsible for the modernization of the Paks nuclear power plant, he said.

Gergely Gulyás, the head of the prime minister’s office, will be responsible for “strategic planning…because he will have to look at the whole country, rather than a single ministry”. Gulyas will coordinate the work of each ministry and “represent a culture of respect and cooperation, and work on techniques for this.” As the prime minister’s office “doubles as a lightning rod for the government”, Gulyas will also have to “bravely represent the arguments of the government in intellectual debates at home and abroad”, he said.

The coming years, “fraught with danger”, will see a “strong, capable and resilient Hungarian government with a clear vision for the future”, Orbán said.

“Go Hungary, go Hungarians”

said Orban.

Laura T. Thrasher