The Prime Minister’s Office welcomes the Solidarity Sabbath initiative called to life by the Tom Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice in an attempt to underscore the importance of the fight against anti-Semitism, incitement of hatred and exclusion, as well as the importance of tolerance.
Minister of State for EU Affairs Szabolcs Takács has said that in Hungary’s opinion a distinction should be made between immigrants and refugees; furthermore, Hungary rejects the quota system proposed by the European Commission, and in this respect it is not alone among EU Member States.
Promoting the Euro-Atlantic integration is a strategic interest for Hungary for historical reasons and based on our historical experiences, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén said at the plenary meeting of the 2015 Spring Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in the Parliament Building on Monday.
The Government will agree with all county-ranked cities regarding the utilisation of regional development funds by June, János Lázár said in Hódmezővásárhely on Friday.
On Wednesday the Hungarian government’s delegation at the opening of the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism was headed by Szabolcs Takács, Minister of State for EU Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministerial Commissioner for the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Chairmanship. The opening session was attended by representatives of more than ten thousand Jewish communities, political leaders, diplomats and experts.
Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár signed a cooperation agreement with the Presidents of the Hungarian Chamber of Engineers and the Hungarian Chamber of Architects. Amongst the most important common tasks is decreasing bureaucracy and making the use of EU funds more efficient and transparent, the Minister said.
On Saturday, at an event organised on Europe Day, Deputy State Secretary for EU Development Policy Communication Nándor Csepreghy said that even though there have been disputes over the past eleven years, EU membership has brought Hungary countless benefits. He stressed that the relationship between the EU and Hungary has stood the test of time, and crises have only strengthened the ties.
After the comprehensive settlement of foreign currency loans in the banking sector, every foreign currency debtor’s situation will improve compared with their earlier status, the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office said at his Thursday press conference held in Budapest, where he rendered an account of the decisions adopted at the cabinet meeting the day before. He confirmed: the proposed 2016 budget will be presented to the House next week. The Minister also informed the press about contemplated changes in taxation, including the plan that general practitioners may be exempted from the payment of the local trade tax.
The Guardian published the letter of Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács sent to the British national newspaper, in which he notes that the Guardian's article published on 29 April 2015 contains a number of serious inaccuracies and distortions regarding Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s recent statements about the death penalty and immigration.