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Justice Minister: State of Medical Preparedness Needed after State of Emergency

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.06.17.

Justice Minister Judit Varga told in Kossuth Rádió that the coronavirus epidemic still presented a danger, and this is why the new law on maintaining medical preparedness was necessary.

She said precautionary measures were still needed in order to protect the health of citizens but there was a big difference between the revoked law which had given the government emergency powers, and the new state of medical preparedness that ensured a flexible response to any emerging virus-related incidences.

Varga highlighted measures to aid economic recovery such as support for businesses and job-protection were also vitally important.

Meanwhile, the minister said the European Commission’s proposed 750 billion euro rescue package and its new seven-year budget would require fresh resources, and this would involve borrowing.

Hungary calls for an equitable solution compromising neither cohesion nor agricultural funding. Further, Hungary’s disciplined public finances should be a factor of consideration when it comes to deciding on funding levels for individual member states, the minister added.

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