Ujhelyi: Government Fails Hungarians Vaccinated with Eastern Vaccines!

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_LEZ1089“Viktor Orbán has failed, and the Hungarian government is simply not taking care of those Hungarians whose travel options are limited”; István Ujhelyi said at a press conference held on Tuesday in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The MSZP MEP recalled that the regulation on the single EU Digital COVID Certificate came into force in July this year, but it automatically accepts only vaccines authorized by the EU as proof of full vaccination. Ujhelyi stressed that he had already warned the government at the time that they had to act because the freedom of movement of hundreds of thousands of Hungarians to work, study or visit relatives could be jeopardized by the forced use of vaccines from the East, which Ujhelyi claimed had been obtained under suspiciously corrupt circumstances. The MSZP MEP recalled that this summer, together with Fidesz politicians, he voted in favour of the amendments and the final document containing them, which left the door open to the mutual acceptance of unauthorized vaccines between Member States. At the same time, however, Ujhelyi pointed out that the Hungarian government has so far managed to conclude bilateral agreements with only a few countries (only seven EU Member States), such as Cape Verde, Bahrain, Uzbekistan and most recently the Seychelles.

The Socialist MEP criticized Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for not even raising the issue at the European Council meetings, or even trying to get all Member States to accept the eastern vaccines administered to nearly two million Hungarians without restrictions. Ujhelyi cited Germany as an example, where according to the latest decision Hungarians vaccinated with Eastern vaccines alone may be subject to quarantine for several days, but in many other countries relevant and important for Hungarians, Hungarian citizens who have received Chinese or Russian vaccines can only cross the border after expensive PCR tests. The MSZP politician recalled that thanks to his personal intervention, the President of the European Commission has confirmed in writing that the competent Health Security Committee, composed of delegates of the Governments of the Member States, will put on the agenda of its sessions the need for Hungarians who receive an EU approved vaccine as the third vaccine after two from the East to be qualified as fully vaccinated in EU system, but, as Ujhelyi noted, the Hungarian government representative sitting in the committee has not yet formally presented this request.

At the press conference, the Socialist MEP also said that he had heard from reliable sources that some members of the foreign affairs leadership had already secretly taken the fourth vaccination in order to have two EU approved vaccinations and thus not be subject to restrictions. He said that he had submitted a public interest request to the Ministry on this issue, but had still not received a reply after the legal deadline. According to Ujhelyi, the Foreign Ministry is also lying about the refusal of several EU Member States to conclude a bilateral agreement on the acceptance of Eastern vaccinations, “under political pressure from Brussels”; he claimed the reality is that the Hungarian government “messed up”; and has been failing hundreds of thousands of Hungarians ever since.

Budapest – 16/11/2021

Ujhelyi: Government Should Pay for Tests of Eastern Vaccine Recipients

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IMG-8469The Hungarian government is either impotent or simply insensitive to the daily problems of hundreds of thousands of Hungarians, said Socialist MEP István Ujhelyi in his online press conference on Friday, referring to the fact that the Hungarian government has so far only managed to reach an agreement with a few countries on the acceptance of eastern vaccines; therefore, in most countries, costly restrictions still await the Hungarians concerned.

As a personal example, the MSZP-Dialogue Alliance MEP said that during his talks in England this week, he met Hungarians living in the UK who have a serious problem with the fact that the jabs of their relatives who had been given Eastern vaccines are not recognized, so they face several days of house quarantine and expensive compulsory testing if they wish to cross the border.

Ujhelyi recalled that in recent months the Hungarian government has indeed already concluded some bilateral agreements on the acceptance of China’s Sinopharm and Russia’s SputnikV, however, apart from Cape Verde, San Marino, Uzbekistan, India, Bahrain, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, only seven EU countries have managed to reach such agreements to date. “This is a crucial problem for many people, who do not necessarily want to be tourists, but need to travel free of restrictions and extra burdens for their livelihoods, work, studies or family visits,” Ujhelyi said.

The politician also pointed out that he had succeeded in getting the President of the European Commission agree to have his proposal addressed in one of the competent committees. According to the proposal at least the third, EU approved booster jab should be sufficient to make the recipient  exempt, but so far Hungarian government officials have not taken any supportive steps in this regard.

The Socialist MEP, referring also to the outcome of his consultations with Hungarians living abroad, suggested at the press conference that until the government’s failure to have Eastern vaccines widely accepted is resolved, the Hungarian government should set up a financial fund to cover the cost of mandatory tests for the Hungarian citizens concerned.

“Those who have to travel for work, study or important family visits to a country that does not recognize the Eastern vaccines should be reimbursed for the cost of their compulsory tests on the basis of the invoices they present. This should be the duty of the Hungarian government,” said István Ujhelyi. At the same time, the Socialist politician called on the government to “stand their ground” and conclude a separate agreement with all countries important for Hungary on the acceptance of Eastern vaccines and “walk through those Brussels doors” that the MSZP politician opened for them.

Budapest / Brussels – 5.11.2021.

 

Attention please, the doors are reopening!

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254960755_433126618172504_9063314580238979218_nLife is indeed a wonderful director: next Tuesday evening in Brussels there will be two, from a Hungarian point of view, major events happening almost simultaneously. On one side of the city, the first international screening of the Orbán regime-backed propaganda thriller (“Elkxrtuk”) will take place with the active participation of the so-called National Cooperation System’s (NER) unconditional servants and victims. Surely, there will be scones, champagne, glittering slim-fit jackets, NER-celebrities and a public media parade. On the other side of the city, there will be an open community meeting at the same time, where the independent candidate for prime minister of the opposition alliance and future prime minister of Hungary, Péter Márki-Zay will talk and listen to some of the Hungarians in Brussels. He will tell them what they can expect from him once he will be heading the next government and hear what they expect from him as one of the architects of the post-Orbán era.

This evening will be an accurate snapshot: on the one side, the man behind whom, regardless of party political ideologies, the majority of the country that wants change, the true cooperative system of the nation, has rallied; while on the other, in a rapidly encapsulating enclosure, the members of the elite who, out of profit or compulsion, still serve the nation-dividing, false reality building of this regime. The freedom fighters in Brussels, in chamber suits bought on Brussels’ tab.

I have hosted many important Hungarian decision-makers in the capital of the European Union; I have organized high-level meetings for many important people at various institutions, but, I must admit, I have never had such an easy job. The doors opened almost by themselves before Péter Márki-Zay, even those that had previously been closed or were not even considered, precisely because of political differences. Europe is curious to meet Viktor Orbán’s challenger; Europe wants to meet Hungary’s next Prime Minister, who has been able to unite the masses of the left and right who want change. The doors are opening for him on Social Democratic, Liberal, Green and even Christian Conservative corridors.

This is a peculiarity not only in the Hungarian environment entangled in the war between left and right, but also at EU level. So, while Viktor Orbán and Fidesz have in recent years only managed to get thrown out of the most influential right-wing community and had the doors in Brussels closed/slammed in their face one after the other, the opposition’s joint candidate for prime minister is being welcomed with genuine interest and openness in the institutions of the EU.

It’s time to decide what is more beneficial and useful for Hungary: seeking alliances or seeking enemies. Péter Márki-Zay is a man of alliances, while the disgraced leader of Fidesz is a man of enemies.

Oh yes, one last remark about the government’s Brussels film premiere: the Fideszians did not even dare to translate the original title of the propaganda movie. ‘The Price of Lying’ was the working title written in block capitals on the invitations, instead of or right above ‘Elkxrtuk’ (transl. “We FuXXked up”), which is on posters in bright red all over the place back at home. Very brave indeed.

After the Hungarian Prime Minister’s landmark speech in Tusványos in 2014, in which he proclaimed the illiberal state, I pledged that as an MEP I would write an open letter every week to draw the public’s attention to the crimes of this regime. For the three hundred and twenty-third time, I am ringing the bells of alarm, as it still seems necessary. And because, as a radical European democrat, it is my duty to do so.

István Ujhelyi

Member of the European Parliament

7/11/2021