The demographics-focused administration mentioned by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán means measures that favour the nation and families, Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács explained on Hungarian TV2 television’s morning show on Wednesday.

“Over the past eight years, these two fundamental principles were already behind every one of our political actions. Caring for the nation also meant paying attention to cross-border Hungarians, while families received assistance through, amongst others, tax policy and decisions concerning home creation and children”, the Government Spokesperson pointed out.

With relation to the political programme, Mr. Kovács recalled the four fundamental principles previously described by the Prime Minister. According to this, competitiveness is a priority consideration: Hungarian enterprises, and primarily small and medium-sized enterprises, must be made competitive. Secondly, the workfare society: that every Hungarian should have a job, the third and fourth aspects being demographics and the strengthening of identity.

In reply to a question, the Government Spokesperson stressed that “not a word is true” with regard to claims that over the past eight years the government hasn’t concerned itself with healthcare and education, citing as an example the fact that the government began its period in office by putting the education system in order, launching the career model for teachers and pumping development resources into education.

Also in reply to a question, Mr. Kovács said the Government had received many messages of congratulation from abroad on its election victory. Several foreign heads of state also expressed their congratulations, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “As far as I know, nobody congratulated the Government on behalf of the Hungarian opposition, however”, he noted.

Mr. Kovács was also asked whether he would remain Government Spokesperson, to which he replied: that will be decided by the Prime Minister.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)