A proposal to introduce mandatory drug tests in schools and elsewhere is aimed at curbing drug gangs, PM Viktor Orbán said in his regular public radio interview on Friday. Drug gangs are growing in Hungary and concerns have been raised over the use of new synthetic drugs, he told. Therefore the government has decided to clean up the country’s drug cartels within this parliamentary cycle.
People who consume drugs cannot be entrusted to fight against drug gangs, so the plan to extend the drug test to politicians, journalists and people holding public office is with the intent to clarify “who stands where”, he said. Meanwhile parents should be offered help so their children do not become victims, he said. Drug tests must be available at every school upon parental request, Orbán insisted.
Viktor Orbán gave an interview to business daily Napi Gazdaság too and spoke about the situation of banks in Hungary. The government wants to sign a deal with the banks to lighten the tax load on the sector in return for a boost in lending, he said. “A new chapter will soon start. Burdens on banks should be manageable, but in exchange the sector should have a much greater role in financing the economy”, Orbán told.
The Prime Minister also stressed the need to involve people in government decision making. “Experience shows that neglecting this only causes trouble, as shown in the dispute over our planned telecommunications tax which then became known as the internet tax.” He highlighted completing financial reforms and achieving full employment as goals which would involve new measures in education, vocational training and family support.
Orbán also touched on energy issues, saying the government had been unaware of Russia’s plan to ditch the South Stream pipeline, though he had since spoken to President Vladimir Putin over the issue. “We will look for a new solution to alleviate Hungary’s energy dependence,” Orbán said, promising calm and predictable governance ahead.
via hungarymatters.hu photo: Péter Kollányi – MTI