The European Union is going against its own core values when it finances war instead of promoting peace, and in many cases avoids consensus decisions, stressed the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior.
Speaking at a public forum on the national consultation, Bence Rétvári said that Hungary’s sovereignty must be defended, and this time the public’s opinion will be sought.
The current exchange of views will help to ensure that not only the government’s position but also the opinion of the Hungarian people can be strongly represented “in the intensifying EU battles,”
the State Secretary said.
Bence Rétvári. Photo: MTI/Czeglédi Zsolt
In his speech, Rétvári pointed out that Brussels wants to abolish the utility cost reduction, the interest rate freeze, and the extra profit tax, while “it wants migrant ghettos and a mandatory distribution quota.” He spoke in detail about what is happening night after night at the border fences, where migrants are trying to break through at several points at once, and have so far caused more than HUF 400 million (EUR 1 million) worth of damage to the fence.
At the same time, he noted that illegal migration is not a cheap business: legally, they can reach the EU with a plane ticket worth HUF 200,000 (EUR 527), while illegally, they pay HUF 5.2 million (EUR 13,700) to smugglers between Turkey and Germany. However, masses of people still choose the latter because they want to “live outside Europe’s legal system” in Europe.
Rétvári said that change is needed in Brussels, but only the people can change things with their votes, and this is what the national consultation is for.
National consultations were introduced in Hungary by Fidesz in 2010. The aim of these political questionnaires is to provide guidance to the government on the Hungarian people’s position on certain key policy issues and to strengthen the government’s mandate in its negotiations with the European Union.
In November 2023, a questionnaire entitled “On the Defense of our Sovereignty” was sent to Hungarian citizens, asking for their views on eleven issues. The questionnaire covered issues such as the possible abolition of utility cost reduction, the interest rate freeze, and the extra profit tax by the EU. It also covers issues related to the situation in Ukraine, such as the country’s accession to the European Union.
Via MTI, Featured image: Pixabay