Kocsis: Fidesz asks the government to maintain the moratorium on credit
The Fidesz parliamentary group has called on the government to ensure that banks maintain the moratorium on credit, ruling party group leader Mate Kocsis said on Thursday.
The moratorium should be maintained for those in need, but the issue should also be included in the National Consultation’s public inquiry, Kocsis said at a press conference at a Fidesz meeting in Debrecen, in. eastern Hungary.
Kocsis said if Hungary achieves a sufficient level of growth, payroll tax cuts could follow, leading to higher wages. The government plans to increase the minimum wage for unskilled workers to 200,000 forints (570 euros) per month and the minimum wage for skilled workers to 260,000 forints per month, he said. In addition, the 13-month pension will be reintroduced in full and low-income parents will benefit from personal income tax relief, he added.
Kocsis said the pandemic, migration and economic challenges had to be faced, but Hungary also risked “going back in time.” He said the leader of the opposition democratic coalition, Ferenc Gyurcsany, was “a potential danger” if he returned to power.
Kocsis said the former socialist prime minister was the leader of the various opposition forces, while others, like the current Budapest mayor, Gergely Karacsony, were “bit players”. He insisted that the elections would determine whether or not Hungary returned to “blood and violence and the politics of austerity”.
In response to a question, Kocsis said it was “surprising that a law against pedophiles is brutally attacked”, however adding that the law was not discussed at the group’s meeting. Protecting children is a shared European value, he said, adding that the law aims to impose stricter penalties for pedophilia and to protect children. “Raising children is the job of parents, and the state’s job is to protect children and punish pedophiles,” he said.
In response to another question, the group’s leader criticized Gyurcsany, calling him “criminal in the economic and social sense”. He accused Gyurcsany of “pushing the situation in Hungary towards civil war with his rhetoric”.
“There are many who would need the establishment of an operational council tasked with blocking Ferenc Gyurcsany,” Kocsis said.
Meanwhile, Kocsis dismissed as “an anti-clerical provocation” a proposal by DK lawmaker Agnes Vadai that the seal of confession should be broken in cases of pedophilia crimes, saying that over the course of history, such laws “were only proposed by Hitler and Vadai”.