Zoltán Kovács, Secretary of State for International Communication and Relations, gave an interview to Magyar Nemzet, in which he discussed the EU energy sanctions, the campaign financing scandal of the Hungarian left, the EU funds Hungary is entitled to, as well as the recently launched national consultation.
The Hungarian government has recently launched a national consultation on energy sanctions, the 12th national consultation in Hungary that allows citizens to have their say. According to the secretary of state, the reason why such consultations are not understood in Western Europe is that they do not seek the views of voters during election cycles.
The Hungarian government, on the other hand, believes that people’s opinions should be sought on an ongoing basis, especially when it comes to extremely important issues that affect the future of the country.
Previously, there was a national consultation on migration, family policy, and Covid-19, among other topics.
Kovács also pointed out that almost 700,000 Hungarians had already filled out the national consultation. People can say if they disagree with the EU’s approach, but they can also say if they disagree with the government. According to the politician, when a prime minister sits down at the negotiating table in the European Council and can show how much support he has for his views, there is no room for argument. “We always say that reality is on our side,” the Secretary of State underscored.
Speaking about the European Union, Kovács said that the European Commission had become a political committee. When the war broke out, everyone thought that sanctions would end it, but now it is clear that this has not happened. The government official pointed out that
Hungary believes that if the EU acted in a united and effective way, it could find a solution to force the belligerents to make peace immediately.
Meanwhile, the EU continues to withhold funds to Hungary on various grounds, with the complicity of the Hungarian left. Last week, a resolution was passed in the European Parliament demanding that Hungary should not receive any of the funds it is entitled to, Kovács said, adding that it was a disgrace what the Hungarian left did in the European Parliament, as their MEPs also voted for the document.
He said that EU funds were non-negotiable and it was clear that they were being withheld for political reasons, adding that
the EU leadership and the EU institutions must return to the basics of the EU and to the politics of common sense.”
At the same time, news recently broke in Hungary that the left-wing coalition had received the equivalent of three billion forints (USD 7.6 million) from the United States to finance their campaign. “Hungarian law prohibits the financing of political activities from abroad. And here – whatever they call themselves, movement or NGOs – we are faced with very clear attempts to influence them,” said Kovács.
The case of the left-wing funding scandal is also being discussed by the parliament’s national security committee, and there is talk of declassifying classified investigation files. According to Kovács, the biggest national security scandal since the regime change is now taking place in Hungary.
What we only suspected until now, that there were attempts to interfere in Hungarian elections from abroad, now we have tangible proof. The Hungarian left has been bought for US dollars,”
Featured photo via Facebook/Zoltán Kovács