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.

The government fails to disprove thet is anti-soros campaign is just a farce (2017.04.19.)

The government could easily catch George Soros if they really wanted to. Instead, they conduct a pointless (and most likely unlawful but unethical at best) campaign against the organizations somehow funded by Mr Soros. Jobbik condemns the activities of the US-Hungarian businessman but stands for the rule of law – and the government is unable to address the party’s concerns.

The latest duel between Jobbik and the government, more specifically MP István Szávay and state secretary Bence Rétvári, was fought in the Tuesday session of the Hungarian National Assembly. It is certainly an interesting confrontation considering that Jobbik does not on any account want to protect Mr Soros, so if they have a different opinion in this matter than the government, it must have a reason. It indeed does, and it’s hard to refute.

Jobbik decides: MPS sign proposition to bring "LEX CEU" before constitutional court (2017.04.12.)

“Each Jobbik MP will sign the proposition to submit the newly-adopted amendment of the higher education law to the Constitutional Court for review,” announced Jobbik MP István Szávay in his Budapest press conference on Wednesday.

Explaining the decision of the party’s national board, the politician stated that Jobbik stands for the rule of law, in other words, they don’t support Soros or the leftist parties but they want the Constitutional Court to have a chance to deliberate the issue. In Mr Szávay’s opinion, there is a dictatorship being built in Hungary and Fidesz’ attempt to undermine the operation of a higher education institution is a stage of this process. He also emphasized that Jobbik does not want to choose between Viktor Orbán and George Soros, and rejects both the “liberal extremist ideology” represented by George Soros and the related institutions as well as Fidesz’ arrogant use of power.

Will justice be done after 27 years? (2017.04.10.)

Today’s meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Justice has seen yet another instance when Fidesz, not surprisingly, acted completely contrary to its anti-Communist propaganda and refused to support a bill that would have facilitated the elimination of the red past. Over the years, Jobbik has already submitted quite a few bills to complete the democratization process and unveil the identities of Communist secret police collaborators who spied on others and destroyed families.

Orbán sacrafices Hungarian interests to pleas EU (2016.12.08.)

In Jobbik's view, Hungary's unconditional support for Ukraine's EU integration is yet another self-destructive compromise made by our government. Instead of bolstering Ukrainian workers, the Hungarian opposition would rather promote the return of Hungarian economic emigrants from Western Europe.

As it was reported earlier, last week's decision by the EU summit ignored the result of the Dutch referendum and allowed for an EU-Ukraine free trade agreement to be passed. Hungary's agriculture may be one of the key victims of the agreement which entails that Ukrainian grains could be imported to Hungary duty free.

The Hungarian government hopes for an influx of Ukrainian guest workers, which could help fill up the professional positions left vacant by an increasingly massive Hungarian emigration wave to Western Europe. It is typical of the Hungarian cabinet's unilateral support that PM Viktor Orbán failed to even raise the problems and needs of the Transcarpathian Hungarian community in his one-on-one meeting with Volodimir Groysman, his Ukrainian counterpart late November.

Electronic cigarettes won't be listed as tobbaco products (2016.12.04.)

According to a law amendment from 2015, electronic cigarettes count as tobacco products in Hungary, so they can only be marketed in National Tobacco Shops. Besides last year’s law amendment, several other sanctions are applied to the product. Realising the significance of e-cigarettes in the fight against smoking István Szávay, Jobbik’s Member of Parliament, has spoken up several times against the groundless aggravations. He attracted attention to the fact that e-cigarettes could be a much healthier alternative of tobacco products, because there’s no combustion process involved in its use, which means that it doesn’t emit smoke. 

Acknowledged international researchers and associations have proven that it is the smoke, formed during the activity of smoking, which is the most harmful to health and which contains damaging substances. Researches have settled doubts concerning nicotine’s carcinogenic effect. Nicotine only causes addiction, the smoke and the substances formed during the combustion process are the actually harmful factors. This year, an international award winning documentary titled A billion lives was made about electronic cigarettes. Several world-famous doctors and researchers speak up in the movie and contrast traditional tobacco products with e-cigarettes while making references to their researches, based on which e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than traditional tobacco products. Through the example of the USA, the movie introduces different economic companies, drug companies and state organisations who are interested in limiting the popularity and the spread of e-cigarettes. The documentary debuted in Hungary, in the Urania Film Theatre on the 12th of November. The screening was organised by civil organisations like Villanypára Association and ecigiteszek.hu.

Reaction to Ukraine pm's visit to Hungary (2016.11.25.)

The two-day visit to Hungary by Ukraine's Prime Minister has ended with the news reports on the event revealing nothing but some diplomatically evasive comments on the matter of Transcarpathian Hungarians. It is highly indicative that this phenomenon was pointed out by a joint communiqué of two Transcarpathian organizations, the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association and the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Ukraine.

Similarly to the Hungarian government, Jobbik Movement for a Better Hungary agrees to the establishment of visa-free travel to Hungary for Ukrainian citizens, and we can wholeheartedly support our neighbour's EU integration as well.

István Szávay in the Hungarian Parliament: A Billion Lives (2016.11.14.)

During a session in the Hungarian Parliament I had a speech about the local premiere of the documentary called A Billion Lives. I forwarded the personal message of director Aaron Biebert to my fellow Members of the Parliament and the representatives of the government present. I am glad to have met him in person, along with David Goerlitz, a key performer of the movie.

Over the past year as a Member of the Parliament I spoke out against the stringent regulations of e-cigarettes on many occasions, and I consider it a serious result that I could convince the governing parties from opposition, and the Parliament issued changes to the regulation. Electronic cigarettes are no longer considered to be tobacco products in Hungary, and as a result marketing them becomes easier and specialized vendors might open their stores again.

I thank the national vapers association Villanypára Egyesület for aiding my work with their expert recommendations, this result would not have been possible without them.