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Lawmakers Expected to Weigh Expanded Family Support, New Economic Protection Plan

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.10.21.

Hungary’s government expects to submit bills to lawmakers in the autumn expanding the family support system and launching a new programme protecting the economy from the impact of a slowdown on external markets, Lajos Kósa, the deputy head of governing Fidesz, said on public radio on Sunday.

The pace of depopulation has slowed, but Fidesz wants to see moderate population growth, which is achievable through an expansion of family policy tools, Kósa said on pro-govt public channel Kossuth Rádió. The measures the government has planned will significantly improve the outlook for Hungarian families, he added.

He said programmes the government has already put in place to shield the economy from unfavourable external effects have been successful so far, evidenced by Hungary’s GDP growth, higher wages and improved employment, but concerning data from Europe, especially Germany, warrants drafting and implementing another such programme.

Kósa, who was also Fidesz’s campaign chief in the local elections a week earlier, said it is undoubtable that Fidesz won more votes than earlier in most of the country, but so did the opposition. In this sense, it can be said that scandals didn’t decide the election, rather supporters of the opposition accepted the strategy of those parties, he added.