Orbán Sells Out Europe to Turkic Comrades Violating EU Treaties

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jegyzetcovertürkThe recent visit to Azerbaijan by the prime minister of Hungary, or if the ruling government prefers, ‘Macaristan,’ has primarily become known for the “Hungarians of Kipchak blood” and Viktor Orbán’s profound devotion to ex-president Nazarbayev, despite the fact that he has made much more serious claims that deserve greater attention.
At the meeting of eastern dictators in Baku, Fidesz’ head of government said that Hungary was still fighting for the neighbourhood policy and enlargement portfolio in the European Commission, and if we succeed in acquiring this European portfolio, we will be “pleased to be at the service” of Turkey and Azerbaijan.
“Our chances are not slim, but it is a fierce battle. If we manage (…) to get it, we will have close cooperation with Azerbaijan on the Eastern Partnership, and as regards the accession negotiations with Turkey (…) will be happy to help you be at your disposal so that we can support your ambitions,” said Viktor Orbán in first person plural, as if he were to make a promise on behalf of the European Commission, or at least the Hungarian EU Commissioner responsible for Enlargement. This is more serious a statement than it seems at first.
It is patently obvious that the president of Fidesz makes friends among the leaders of the Eastern dictatorships, for easily detectable, personal or family reasons, and seeks their favour with all sorts of fancy lies about bloodlines and tribal ties. However, selling our membership of the EU to eastern despots, for who knows how much and for whose benefit, is more than dangerous.
Viktor Orbán mounted the Kipchak horse backwards when he promised all sorts of good deeds to his Turkic business partners on behalf of the future EU Commissioner. Although appointed by the governments of the Member States, the members of the European Commission, once appointed, break all formal ties with the sending country and carry out their duties exclusively as guardians of the EU Treaties and serve the interest of the European Community as a whole.
Article 245 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union states very precisely that the Commissioners “shall be completely independent in the performance of their duties and shall act in the general interest of the Union; in particular, they shall neither seek nor take instructions from any government or from any other external body.”
So Viktor Orbán either simply deceived his Turkmen brethren or admitted that the person he nominated as EU Commissioner (currently Olivér Várhelyi) would remain in his personal service as opposed to that of the European Union and that he is ready to use his European Commissioner licence for business purposes. This is a more serious scandal than we would think and it must be food for thought for Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the leaders of the European People’s Party and the Hungarian electorate.

dr. István Ujhelyi
Member of the European Parliament
20 October, 2019

Government Still Only Cynical Regarding Minimum Healthcare Wage

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retvarijegyzetThe arrogant cynicism of the Fidesz state power is truly outrageous. Since they keep preaching family and Christian values, one would think that there are issues where they can be expected, even if minimally, to have sober judgment and take responsible action. But no. There is really only cynicism, superiority arrogance, and blatant disregard for facts under the orange rule.
Fidesz does not even conceal the fact that healthcare is a tertiary area for them, in which, even according to the medical chamber, safe patient care can be guaranteed. That is why our proposal is important and much needed, namely that a minimum healthcare wage be established in the sector that guarantees decent wages for doctors and nurses, and which at the same time can provide a solution for managing emigration, thus guaranteeing the operational security of the healthcare system.
These past days, I addressed a written question to Minister of Human Resources Miklós Kásler pointing out that if the government intended to introduce a “guaranteed sectoral minimum wage” in tourism due to the “constantly critical labour shortages”, it would be a simple government decision to do the same in healthcare. My letter was responded to by the ministry’s Secretary of State Bence Rétvári, but he did not respond at all to the suggestion of a minimum healthcare wage, instead, he wrote of their contempt of previous governments and some lies of deception.
It is pathetically ridiculous in itself that after almost ten years of governance (again: ten years!), all they are capable of doing is pointing back like kindergarten children, but it is beyond belief that they try to hide the facts clear to everyone with Habony’s wording tricks. Secretary of State Rétvári argues that, thanks to Fidesz, “the average gross earnings (including moving wages and benefits) of a nurse with vocational training in the E2 salary range, with 4-6 years of legal status” is now over three hundred thousand forints, but he hides the fact that wages for starting skilled workers are barely double the subsistence minimum, but less than half of the national average gross earnings.
Isn’t this is an attractive career model! No wonder there have been times recently when three doctors and at least two skilled workers left the country every day. A sector-wide minimum wage, a fair minimum salary for doctors, nurses and skilled workers would provide a quick solution to the healthcare crisis, while systemic issues would require Member States to define, support and demand the establishment of a European minimum health service.
I consider the latter one of my priority tasks as a MEP, which is why I have taken up my duties in the relevant committee of the European Parliament. So while the government is still cynical regarding the matter, we are working on a solution. Because for us the Hungarian people come first.

dr. István Ujhelyi
Member of the European Parliament
29 September, 2019