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MSZP Gathers over 100,000 Signatures in Support of Referendum on Protection of Lakes, Free Beaches

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.08.22.

The opposition Socialist Party (MSZP) has collected over 100,000 signatures in support of its initiative for a referendum on protecting natural lakes in Hungary, lawmaker Ágnes Kunhalmi said on Friday.

The party’s goal is to protect Lake Balaton and other natural lakes, and to prevent public beaches from being inundated with construction, Kunhalmi told an online press conference.

“[Ruling] Fidesz is on its own on this issue,” she said, arguing that the matter of protecting Lake Balaton transcended partisan leanings. “It’s now oligarchs linked to Fidesz versus the rest of the country.”

She added that the National Election Committee (NVB) will decide on whether or not to greenlight the party’s referendum bid on Monday.

MSZP Submits Signature Drive on 'Fidesz Colonisation' of Lakes
MSZP Submits Signature Drive on 'Fidesz Colonisation' of Lakes

The Socialist party (MSZP) on Tuesday submitted a signature drive to the National Election Office (NVI), aimed to stop what the party calls the “colonisation of Lake Balaton, Lake Velence and others by [ruling] Fidesz”. Party head Bertalan Tóth told a press conference held in front of the NVI’s offices that the party is initiating […]Continue reading

Socialist Party leader Bertalan Tóth said the party expects the NVB to maintain a standard that is not “cowardly” and to give the people a chance to decide on whether Fidesz’s “colonisation” of the area around Lake Balaton should be stopped.

If the referendum questions are approved, the Socialists will invite the other opposition parties to join the referendum campaign, Tóth said.

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Every summer, as the weather gets warmer, Budapest is usually emptied and the residents of the capital set off for Lake Balaton. This year, due to the coronavirus epidemic, more people are choosing the ‘Hungarian sea’ than usual, as even politicians are promoting domestic tourism. However, there are also great and beautiful opportunities close to […]Continue reading

The Socialists’ referendum bid contains three questions. The first will ask people whether public beaches on natural lakes should be accessible free of charge. The second and third questions will ask whether parliament should impose a ban on selling public beaches and undertaking construction projects on them.

Featured photo illustration by Zoltán Balogh/MTI