Minister of Finance: Action plan to revive the economy at the heart of the 2022 budget

The Fidesz parliamentary group sees the economy experiencing an unprecedented growth spurt, with a target of 5.5%, resulting in measures to help ordinary Hungarians, the leader of the ruling party group said on Sunday in a statement. radio interview. Summarizing the recent meeting of the Fidesz group in Debrecen, Mate Kocsis said that the revival of social life and the economy was at the center of the discussions.

The one to one and a half month advance thanks to Hungary’s successful vaccination campaign will add 1 percentage point to GDP this year, “giving us hope that we will be able to introduce a number of economic measures that are out of the ordinary, ”he said. mentionned.

With 5.1% growth at the start of 2022, pre-crisis GDP levels would be reached, he said, adding that 5.5% would pay lower taxes on labor, a minimum wage. higher – the basic salary could be increased to 200,000 forints (EUR 570) and that of skilled workers to 260,000 forints – while income tax would be exempt for those under 25. In addition, families would benefit from a tax refund, he said.

Kocsis said the coronavirus pandemic had hit a strong Hungarian economy, meaning recovery would be easier.

The coming years, he said, would be “dangerous”, characterized by epidemics and massive migration. Referring to the upcoming National Consultation public inquiry, he said that was the reason why it was necessary to know people’s opinions. Also, their voice would add legitimacy to Hungary’s position in European debates.

Meanwhile, commenting on the Pedophiles Act, he said the legislation largely focused on the criminal aspects of regulating pedophiles.

“The law is about protecting children,” he said, adding that there was not much to debate when it came to banning “sex propaganda” in the lives of the 5. -10 years. “Content that is inappropriate for a child’s age should be excluded from his life and education,” he said, adding that sex education is the business of parents. NGOs, he said, rather than providing educational material, peddled propaganda.

The law, Kocsis said, did not disseminate information about various gender identities and did not exclude anyone. “It simply protects the child from content inappropriate for his age”, while expanding parental rights.

He said he was “surprised” that the EU sees the law as a human rights issue. “I have always believed that protecting children is a common European value,” Kocsis said.

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