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Opposition on Food Price Cap: “Orbán Is Cowardly, VAT on Basic Foodstuffs Should Be Reduced to 5%”

Hungary Today 2022.01.13.

“Viktor Orbán’s announcement is an admission that the Hungarian economy is in a tragic state,” said almost all members of the opposition alliance “United for Hungary” in a post on their social media pages. They believe that instead of a responsible economic policy, “the galloping price increase is being fought with official prices, which is tantamount to a confession.” At the same time, they promised a 5% VAT on basic food products. Prime Minister Orbán announced late Wednesday afternoon that the government will cap the price of six food products.

This article was originally published on our sister-site, Ungarn Heute. Translated by Júlia Tar.

Barely three months before the general election, the prime minister has announced a cap on the prices of six food products.

We decided to intervene in the prices of six products: granulated sugar, wheat flour, sunflower cooking oil, pork legs, chicken breast, and milk,”

Orbán said Wednesday in a video published on his Facebook page.

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All opposition parties reacted quickly and very critically to the planned measure. Members of the alliance, which consists of seven parties, almost all posted the same post on their social media pages:

Viktor Orbán’s announcement is an admission that the Hungarian economy is in a tragic state. The government must go- they are only beginning to address food prices in the last 12 weeks of their 12-year, two-thirds majority rule. Instead of a responsible economic policy, the galloping price increase is being fought with official prices, which is tantamount to a confession. After the change of government, we will limit the VAT on basic foodstuffs to 5%.”

Featured image via Zoltán Balogh/MTI