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Gulyás: Hungary Govt ‘not against’ 2050 Climate Goals

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.07.18.

The Hungarian government is “not against” the European Union’s setting climate protection goals for 2050, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, told his weekly press conference on Thursday.

Gulyás added, however, that such plans required impact analyses, action plans and budget calculations at EU level.

In terms of the bloc’s climate protection goals for 2030, Gulyás said Hungary was “one of the best performing” EU members.

On another subject, Gulyás said that the government’s budget for next year aimed “to serve security, the future and economic growth”.

He said the budget has the strictest deficit target since Hungary’s transition to democracy in 1989-90. The budget assumes a stable growth rate, Gulyás said, adding that the target GDP growth rate of 4 percent was achievable.

In response to a question, he said the social contribution tax could again fall by 2 percentage points next year if real wage growth exceeds 6 percent. Any unspent budget reserves will be used for economic stimulus, he added.

The PM’s Office chief said amendment proposals submitted by the leftist opposition parties would have raised personal income tax.

As regards the government’s family protection action plan, Gulyás said that about 2,400 applications have been received for state-subsidised prenatal baby support loans since the credit scheme was launched on July 1. Around 5,700 big families have submitted applications for subsidies to buy cars since and 703 applications have been filed for mortgage forgiveness, he added.

On another topic, Gulyás said the kind of utility price increases like the ones seen in Germany after the phase-out of nuclear energy there would create political instability in central Europe “if these sorts of measures were to be introduced without the necessary economic considerations”.

Meanwhile, he said authorities will prevent the entry of sewage sludge from abroad in the future.

“The Hungarian government is on the side of environmental protection and doesn’t want any of others’ laundry,” Gulyás said. “Therefore it has decided that Hungarian sewage sludge is more than enough for Hungarian soil and there’s no need to import sewage sludge.”

In response to a question, he said the authorities are constantly checking to see if the sewage sludge that has already been brought in had been done so in line with regulations.

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