Jobbik To Start Collecting Signatures In Support For “European Wage Union” Proposal
Tamás Székely 2017.05.22.
Hungary’s radical nationalist Jobbik party will start collecting signatures in the summer in support of its proposal to iron out regional wage disparities in the European Union, party leader Gábor Vona said in an interview published in Saturday’s Magyar Nemzet daily.
Last week, the European Commission (EC) registered Jobbik’s initiative for a “European wage union”, which means one million statements of support need to be collected in one year for the European Commission to put the matter on its agenda.
As a first step towards a “wage union”, a European commissioner should be appointed in charge of closing the gap between central and eastern Europe and western members of the bloc, Vona said. Such a union would require competitive businesses and a different policy for distributing cohesion funds. As the wage union would involve the public sector, Vona said the EU should “start considering” a minimum wage for the sector across the community. He said such a measure would require a contribution from the EU, adding, however, that “countries in a better position could also contribute more themselves”. Asked whether Jobbik’s plan would entail greater influence by Brussels in some areas, Vona said an economic union would be “useful” while “politically each country should retain its independence.”
Earlier last week, Gábor Vona also proposed setting up a so-called “civil parliament” in Hungary. Today, civil organisations have rather limited opportunity to express an opinion on affairs affecting the public, he explained at a press conference. The new forum’s tasks would include submitting proposals, giving opinions on draft concepts and providing feedback on decisions, Vona said.