Jobbik EP Program: Migration, Wage Union, Autonomy for Minorities
Péter Cseresnyés 2019.05.20.
Hungary’s nationalist Jobbik party announced its EP program titled “Safe Europe, Free Hungary” at the end of last year. It focuses on migration, the creation of a European wage union and autonomy for minorities.
In the forward of its 2019 EP program, Jobbik states that it merely wants a European Union based on Christian values and a free, more competitive Hungary.
The biggest Hungarian opposition party’s EP election program focuses on the global challenge of migration and suggests re-establishing the Border Guard in order to protect Hungary and the European Union.
The party aims to create a wage union in the hopes of providing “equal pay for equal work” for everyone in the EU. This is meant to stop Hungarians from leaving the country and foreigners – primarily Ukrainians – from immigrating to it. Jobbik also plans to advocate for the autonomy of minorities at the EU level.
Jobbik’s EP program criticizes the state of the Hungarian press and calls for an end to fake news. The party deems it unacceptable that, in a country such as Hungary, “the government and the state are primary sources of such news.”
Jobbik supports the same initiative as LMP and urges Hungary to join the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. Its job is to investigate and, if necessary, prosecute fraud against the EU budget as well as other crimes affecting the financial interests of the EU. Governing party Fidesz has rejected the proposal multiple times.
Deputy leader Márton Gyöngyösi will top the list of Jobbik for the European parliamentary elections. While still the strongest opposition party, Jobbik has been losing voters since last year, and, according to most surveys, only two or three mandates are likely.
In the featured photo: Jobbik’s top candidate Márton Gyöngyösi. Photo by Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI