If Fidesz wins the April 3 general election, the government will expand family support schemes and, depending on economic performance, even increase financial support, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview to public radio on Friday.
Orbán told Kossuth Radio that it was his personal goal to ensure that the financial circumstances of people raising children should improve, adding: “There’s no future without children”.
“We want our own children, not foreign children, to inherit this country,” the prime minister said. “With children, there’s a future, but without there’s no future for the family or for the country.”
Hungary spends more on family support than any other European country, he said, indicating that nowhere else do governments attach so much importance to children and families.
The aim, he added, was to create the right conditions so that families bear the responsibility of having children. “We don’t want to become an immigrant country.”
Commenting on the government’s decision to cap the prices on seven basic foods, Orbán said it could not be left to market players to solve the situation. The government, he added, would continue to protect Hungarians “until things get back on track,”.
Growing energy prices rooted in politically motivated decisions are driving the inflation, Orbán said. “Brussels’ energy policy has failed,” he said.
Climate protection should not be “forced” by imposing high energy prices, Orbán said, because that would lead to general price increases. “Policymaking in general should be about reconciling various viewpoints such as climate protection and social considerations,” he said.
The Hungarian government, the prime minister said, had “for years protected families by cutting utility prices”. Climate policy should focus on ensuring that large polluters bear the brunt of the costs, “rather than letting Brussels burden Hungarian families,” he said.
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