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LMP Calls for Ministry of Climate Affairs

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.09.12.

The green opposition LMP will submit a resolution proposing a ministry of climate protection and sustainability to be set up, the party’s deputy group leader said on Thursday.

One of the Orbán government’s “great sins” is that environmental and nature protection are presented as “unnecessary luxury” and the institutional system for environmental protection has been systematically destroyed. The cabinet has fired the majority of real experts and replaced them with “yes-men”, Erzsébet Schmuck told a press conference.

She said Hungary’s government was best described as “climate-sceptic” and failed to understand that any necessary steps neglected today would cost much more in the future.

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In order to reverse a deepening ecological crisis, every country, including Hungary, should make special efforts, she said. Hungary should reduce carbon dioxide emissions by at least 50-55 percent by the year 2030 and completely eradicate them by 2050, she added.

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To fulfil climate protection goals, a new ministry should be set up dedicated to climate affairs and sustainability, she said.

In the featured photo: Erzsébet Schmuck. Photo by Attila Kovács/MTI