In his opening speech, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office announced at the meeting of the Jewish Community Roundtable held on Thursday that the Hungarian Jewish Cultural Association proposed the establishment of a central Holocaust memorial in Budapest on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust.
As opposed to media reports, the government expects to have 15-20 thousand more public workers this year than last year, due to the fact that in 2015, an extra HUF 40 billion will be available for this purpose in addition to last year’s increased HUF 230 billion – Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács said.
In Hungary, no Holocaust memorial site can be established without the support of the Hungarian Jewry, “there will either be a museum with them or no museum at all” – Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár said in an interview on Tuesday.
Ökotárs Foundation has lost the case at first instance in which it sued the Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy State Secretary for Development Policy Communication Nándor Csepreghy on the grounds of defamation.
The government aims at protecting smaller media companies – Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár stated at the Tuesday meeting of the National Assembly’s Committee on Economics.
The Prime Minister’s Office does not hinder the opening of House of Fates, a project commemorating child victims of the Holocaust, in any way and regards the approval of the Jewish community of Hungary and the experts especially important – Deputy State Secretary for Priority Social Affairs reported.
At a commemoration held in Pócspetri, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county on Wednesday, the Remembrance Day for the Victims of Communism, the Deputy Prime Minister for Hungarian communities abroad said that “Inhumane, and therefore godless dictatorships disappear down the drain of history.”
An important change occurred in Hungary’s foreign media perception last year, which stemmed from the work completed by the Government since 2010, Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács stated at a press conference held on Thursday in Budapest to present the Nézőpont Institute survey entitled “Hungary in the World Press, 2014”, analysing 99 press products from 13 countries around the world.
Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár proposes convening the Committee on Economics of the Hungarian National Assembly, in order to discuss possibilities regarding the modification of the advertising tax.
A total of 710 thousand Hungarians living in neighbouring countries have submitted applications for a simplified naturalization procedure so far and 670 thousand have taken the citizenship oath, said State Secretary for Nation Policy Árpád János Potápi at the National Assembly’s National Solidarity Committee meeting on Wednesday.