The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) is calling on the government to start efforts to reduce Hungary’s dependence on Russian energy.
Hungary’s government will require banks, insurers, retail chains, energy companies, telcos and airlines to contribute their “extra profits” to a utilities fund and a defence fund for a period of two years, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a video message on Facebook on Wednesday.
The average gross wage in Hungary climbed an annual 17.5% to 511,400 forints (EUR 1,338) in March, data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) on Tuesday show.
The opposition DK party has criticised the government for not preventing the exports of Hungarian grain despite having pre-emption rights to buy it.
There were 1.6 billion cubic metres of gas in Hungary’s underground stores, just over 25% of capacity, by mid-May, the Hungarian Energy and Public Utilities Regulatory Office (MEKH) said on Monday.
The Democratic Coalition (DK) calls on “the illegitimate government and all Fidesz oligarchs to stop raising prices,” the spokesperson for the opposition party’s parliamentary group said at a press conference streamed on Facebook on Sunday.
Opposition LMP wants to allocate 300 billion forints (EUR 780m) for energy efficiency programmes, including installing insulation, changing windows and upgrading heating systems, MP Bernadett Bakos said at a press conference streamed on Facebook on Saturday.
Hungary’s GDP grew by an annual 8.2% in the first quarter, albeit from a low base, a first reading of data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) shows. Adjusted for calendar year and other effects, GDP rose by 8.0%.
Fiscal and monetary policy will have to be coordinated to bring down inflation, and the government should focus on the spending side to restore balance to the budget, Barnabás Virág, deputy governor of Hungary’s central bank (NBH), told a conference.
Hungary and Poland are calling on the European Commission to make arrangements to ensure that the two countries could receive the allocations they are entitled to from the EU Reconstruction Fund, the new Hungarian president said in Warsaw on Tuesday. Katalin Novák held talks in the Polish capital with her Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda.