Hungarian opposition criticizes government for ‘austerity’ and ‘threatens livelihoods’

Opposition parties on Wednesday slammed the government’s decision to curb the utility price protection scheme and change the detailed tax for small businesses (kata), saying the measures entailed austerity and price hikes. taxes for millions of people.

Socialist MEP István Ujhelyi told an online press conference that while most European governments were trying to “address the crisis from the left”, preparing to protect small businesses, families and the most vulnerable , “Hungarian government applies austerity, restrictions and exploits millions of people.”

Although Hungary “cannot survive the crisis” without EU funding, the Hungarian parliament adopted a “useless and appalling” resolution on Tuesday, attacking EU cooperation, institutions and the European Parliament, said said Ujhelyi, referring to a parliamentary resolution on the future of the EU. . On the contrary, the government should strive to come to terms with the EU, he said.

Noting that price caps were introduced before the start of the war in Ukraine in February, Ujhelyi said it was “a lie to blame the war for all the problems”. Socialists earlier proposed a “secure livelihoods package” that included taxing Fidesz oligarchs, extending price caps to other staples and introducing food stamps for the needy, he declared.

Balázs Barkóczi, spokesman for the Democratic Coalition, told a separate press conference that the government was preparing to raise the price of energy bills that exceed average energy consumption by a rate above the market price. “The government deceived people; they are taking all the measures they kicked out leftist politicians before the election,” he said.

János Lantos of the radical Mi Hazánk party said that since Hungarian wages have been lower than in other European countries for decades, workers will barely earn enough to cover household bills after the restrictions. “Meanwhile, the government is serving the capitalist plutocracy…” he said. Mi Hazánk, he added, would tax “global multinationals and government oligarchs,” he said.

If the government does not change its policy by August 1, Mi Hazánk will launch protests across the country, he said.

Meanwhile, Jobbik’s Koloman Brenner criticized President Katalin Novák for signing the Small Business (kata) Detailed Tax Amendments Act, saying the law “threatens the livelihoods of 450 000 people”. By signing the law despite widespread protests and the speed with which it was passed by parliament, the president failed in her duty as a symbol of national unity, he said.

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Source: MTI

Laura T. Thrasher