Hungary has “clearly headed in the right direction” since 2010, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, told a conference on Thursday.
At the conference organised by pro-Fidesz think-tank Nézőpont Institute and the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Gulyás said that after the European Union’s next financial cycle, Hungary will “receive as much in community funding as it contributes”.
Western European companies operating in Hungary, he added, earn profits equal to 7 percent of Hungary’s GDP, while EU subsidies account for less than 4 percent of GDP”.
“Neither side has a moral basis to complain about a mutually beneficial situation,” he added.
Meanwhile, Gulyás said the upcoming European parliamentary elections would determine whether “MEPs with a Hungarian mandate do indeed represent Hungarians”. He said that
Hungary has had strong representation in the EP through its Fidesz-Christian Democrat MEPs, but Brussels also has had a strong representation in Hungary through opposition MEPs.”
Outlining the results of the government’s economic policies, he said economic growth last year of close to 5 percent was one of the strongest deliveries since the 1989-1990 change in political system and put Hungary among the top performers in Europe.
Gulyás highlighted successful employment policies, noting that more than 800,000 people are working today compared with 2010. This result, he added, was all the more significant given the government’s commitment to guaranteeing jobs for Hungarians as part of its anti-migration policy.
Results attained so far will be maintained if conservative fiscal policy and political stability continues to prevail, he said. Good use must continue to be made of EU funds, he added.
In the past three years, the investment rate has hit a record high, he said. Among the country’s economic partners, he singled out Germany, saying that notwithstanding “unfriendly gestures” from Berlin and Munich, economic and political ties were of crucial importance.