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Jobbik urges closer Hungary-Croatia cooperation (2017.10.19.)

Visiting Croatia on Wednesday, I was in Karlovac, where I had a joint political forum on the European Citizens’ Initiative for a Wage Union with Frano Čirko, the president of the Croatian party GO! - the Generation of Renewal.

After our speeches, the participants asked several questions on Hungary-Croatia relations. I expressed my criticism of the Hungarian government’s unbalanced neighbourhood policy in terms of Serbia and Croatia, pointing out that our common problems, our Central European co-dependence and our common state of 800 years bind our countries to conduct a much closer cooperation.

Jobbik initiates all-hungarian roundtable discussion on transcarpatihan situation (2017.10.02.)

Jobbik is indignant to hear that, despite all the protests by Hungarian parties, Transcarpathian Hungarian organizations, the governments of Greece, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary as well as the objections of the international community, Ukraine’s president Petro Porosenko signed the new education law which poses a grave violation of his country’s international commitments and general European norms. If this legislation is implemented, then even the remaining Hungarian families will take their children en masse across the border to Hungarian schools, and their teachers will follow suit. This situation can no longer be improved by the economic and financial subsidies provided by the Hungarian government and endorsed by our party, too.

Transcarpathian hugarian community may suffer mortal wound (2017.09.12.)

Jobbik MP István Szávay inquired into the Hungarian foreign affairs minister’s position on Ukraine’s language act and expressed his opinion on the failure of Hungarian diplomacy.

“If President Poroshenko signs the amended education act into law, Ukraine’s Hungarian minority will suffer a mortal wound on top of their losses caused by the civil war and the country’s economic breakdown,” Mr Szávay began his speech. Explaining that the amended law would practically eliminate education in ethnic minority languages, including Hungarian, the MP said it would be a serious blow to their communities. The amendment means that Hungarian could only be used in kindergarten and elementary school as a language of education.

Is the hungarian government preparing the public for the imprisonment of the opposition? (2017.09.10.)

Hungary’s pro-government media is preparing the public for violent measures against the opposition, claims MP István Szávay.

Quoting an article published on [government advisor] Árpád Habony’s 888.hu portal, Jobbik’s parliamentary representative cites the words of author László Szentesi-Zöldi: 

“Russia is characterized by a centralized, hard government. That’s what they chose, that’s what they like. You feel pity for the imprisoned dissenters but what can you do? That’s just the way it is there.” 

 In Mr Szávay’s view, these statements are made to serve as a “guideline for Fidesz supporters”.

“Let us summarize the article (regardless if these statements truly apply to Russia or not): Szentesi Zöldi says there is a dictatorship in Russia but it was elected by the people so it’s all right that way. Since there is a dictatorship in Russia (because the people elected it), that’s why the prominent leaders of the opposition are in prison, but that’s just the way it is in that country, so it’s perfectly all right.” The politician says, asking the question: “Is this what we have to prepare for, too?”

As Mr Szávay put it, Fidesz’ explaining away the yanking a young woman to the ground and kicking her for protesting at the Tusványos meeting “clearly shows that the government is already preparing its supporters for accepting the idea of using physical violence against the opposition if it comes to that.”

Wage union initiative gains support in Slovakia as well (2017.06.20.)

The Hungarian community living in Slovakia is also working for getting the principle of “equal wages for equal work” included in the EU Treaties as a fundamental right for citizens. To get the European Commission put the wage union issue on its agenda, the organizers need to collect altogether one million signatures from the EU, including nearly ten thousand from Slovakia. Jobbik members living there will start negotiations with several Slovakian NGOs and trade unions. Disappointingly enough, Slovakian PM Robert Fico, similarly to Viktor Orbán, has never raised concerns about the issue of local prices having already reached western levels while wages still lagged far behind.

MP István Szávay, head of Jobbik National Policy Cabinet and Péter Pallér, Jobbik’s organizer in Slovakia

Jobbik supports minority safepack initiative (2017.05.29.)

As a national force standing up for the cause of Hungarian minorities living abroad, Jobbik Movement for a Better Hungary feels obliged to support the European Citizens’ Initiative called Minority SafePack.

The European Citizens’ Initiative was launched in order to ensure the widest possible rights for European minorities in terms of using their language and national symbols, among other things. Needless to say, this initiative is vital for our Hungarian brothers and sisters living in the territories torn away from us, as their fundamental rights are curbed on a daily basis.

Each ministry must declare how much they paid Fidesz' fake ngos (2017.05.15.)

Jobbik MP István Szávay will submit written questions to each ministry to find out how much they or their affiliated institutions or societies paid to Civil Union Forum - Civil Alliance Public Benefit Foundation (CÖF-CÖKA) from 2010 to 2016.

In his Budapest press conference on Monday, the opposition MP informed the media that the Ministry for National Economy had already answered an earlier written question, stating that the economic entities controlled by the Minister had not funded the organization in the given period.

Hungarian government to betray Serbia's hungarian community (2017.05.03.)

“Serbia’s EU accession talks offer a historic opportunity to enforce and enhance the rights of the Hungarian community living in Vojvodina but this chance will not be there for long,” István Szávay emphasized in the National Assembly. When Jobbik’s MP began his speech, state secretary Róbert Homolya exited the room so there were no government members left to listen to a speech that brought the problems of Vojvodina’s Hungarian community before the House. Jobbik backs the government’s economic development programme for Vojvodina/Délvidék but “money is just one thing”, Mr Szávay explained. 

Now we know wich ministers dread being held accountable (2017.04.20.)

“Some government ministers do not seem to be afraid of transparency,” commented István Szávay when he found out that three ministers actually supported Jobbik’s “Lex Lúdas Matyi” bill in Parliament. 

Voting in Parliament on Jobbik’s anti-corruption legislation package known as Lex Lúdas Matyi on Wednesday, the government majority swept off the table the bill that would have introduced a significantly stricter approach in the Criminal Code, drastically increasing the punishment brackets, for example.

However, the proposal was supported by 6 pro-government MPs as well, including Minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár (Fidesz), Minister of Defence István Simicskó (Christian Democrats), and Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga (Fidesz).

No hope for democratization as long as Fidesz is around (2017.04.19.)

In his press conference today, Jobbik MP István Szávay informed the media that Fidesz refused to cooperate in opening the Communist secret police files in order to finally settle the red past, even after 27 years. 

For the umpteenth time, Jobbik has submitted yet another bill that could enable Hungary to cleanse the political sphere from individuals with a history associated to the secret police. In its latest bill, the party proposed to establish an Institute of National Remembrance, based on the Polish example. The institute would process and open for research any files of the Communist secret police and have the power for investigation and pressing charges as well. If there was such an institute, even the Constitution could be amended in order to exclude individuals from the political sphere provided that the Institute identified them as Communist collaborators. 

Fidesz voted against the bill for made-up reasons. In Mr Szávay’s opinion, the real reason why Fidesz refused to back the proposal was because the government party was still protecting the former collaborators now filling their ranks.

He concluded that Fidesz’ anti-Communist rhetoric was not the manifestation of an inner conviction but a political communication tool.