All Hungarians Entitled to European Standard Healthcare!

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care-3031259_1920According to the latest global survey by Ipsos, Hungarians are most concerned about the situation of healthcare, while in the other two dozen countries surveyed, this was further down the list. In Hungary, six out of ten people are definitely worried about healthcare conditions.
Unfortunately, we do have reason to worry, as the European Health Consumer Index shows that Hungary is clearly lagging behind in the ranking of healthcare in European countries: only Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Lithuania are behind us in the list of 35 countries. However, according to government propaganda, Hungary is performing better than before. We may very well be performing better in terms of the number of footballers earning millions, as well as in the number of private castles per Fidesz relative, but when it comes to healthcare quality indicators, we are doing increasingly worse.
In anticipation of the visceral attacks in the comments from those living in the orange bubble, let us set two things straight right away: on the one hand, the organization and operation of healthcare is the exclusive competence of the Member States, so when the government seeks scapegoats, it cannot but point at itself. On the other hand, Fidesz has been governing with a constitutional majority for more than ten years, which means that it has and has had all the means at its disposal to build up a system of quality care that is accessible to all, but has not done so. The loud and frequent references to the “last eight years” are therefore cowardly, pitiful and a lie in this case.

Let’s see how the Hungarian healthcare system, currently struggling on several fronts, stands after ten years of stadium-governance. Today, more people die from nosocomial infections in Hungary than in car accidents. Since the change of government in 2010, more than 7,000 doctors have left Hungary, and according to the data of professional organizations, some 25,000 nurses are missing from the healthcare system. Fidesz’s attitude is shown by the fact that the value of health expenditures as a share of GDP has fallen to an unprecedented low; recently it was only 6.6 per cent, which is well below the EU average. Hungary has one of the highest rates of direct, out-of-pocket contributions, almost double the EU average. According to recent reports, 43% of Hungarian households, i.e. almost half of them are at least medium level burdened by medical expenses. In addition, the Hungarian government speaks with dirty hypocrisy about the state esteem of healthcare workers, while doctors in Austria earn three times and in the Netherlands nine times more, but already in Slovakia they receive double the wages they would get in Hungary. When MSZP called for the introduction of a sectoral minimum wage in healthcare, Fidesz turned its head away arrogantly; now, when the professional chamber is proposing a substantial wage increase for those fighting on the front line, they spend more on the hunting exhibition of Zsolt Semjén from the common budget. This narcissistic superiority, this filth hidden behind the national glaze is really quite astonishing.

Healthcare should be a national priority, a national security issue that needs to be addressed as one of the most important sectors, not only when a little small change is left at the bottom of the piggy bank after the distribution of diplomatic passports to football players, feeding the oligarchs and making sure there’s enough trousseau for family friends. All Hungarians are entitled to European standard healthcare, and if the Hungarian government is unwilling to provide this to people along some incomprehensible, distorted logic, we must resort to other means. It is time for European minimum quality standards in the operation of health systems, standards and frameworks that need to be provided to citizens in all European Member States. This is what I am working on, this is my program.
I am proud that the S&D Group in the European Parliament has recently announced its package on the establishment of a ‘European Health Union’, with the need for the minimum healthcare standards that I have proposed. We have a long way to go before it is fully implemented, but we have taken the first steps and paved the way for more dignified and safer healthcare. I am confident that while Fidesz refused  to do this on its own, it will at least not slow down or hinder this European program, which is also a turning point in the lives of Hungarians.

dr. István Ujhelyi
Member of the European Parliament
10 May, 2020

Ujhelyi: We’re revolutionizing healthcare in Europe!

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1050x450 pxWe demand more money and more EU competences in healthcare, this is what the European Health Union program is about, said Socialist MEP István Ujhelyi at an online press conference on his social media platform.
The document on this subject was adopted on Tuesday by the S&D Group in the European Parliament (S&D), including proposals for minimum standards that the Hungarian politician has been pushing for recently. Presenting the discussion paper on the European Health Union, Ujhelyi said it was an important pillar of the comprehensive program to call on all Member State governments to carry out stress-tests on their healthcare systems. “Based on the results, we call for the creation of an EU Directive for Minimum Standards in Healthcare, which provides clear guidance for the provision of special healthcare in all regions of the EU,” explained István Ujhelyi.
MSZP’s European politician as one of creators of the program added that the package now adopted by the S&D Group also proposes the creation of a Health Response Mechanism that could effectively support the mobility of patients and healthcare workers in emergencies by strengthening existing EU protocols. The Social democrats are also calling for the strengthening of a Joint European Public Procurement Mechanism, threrby reducing price speculation and avoiding Member States competing with each other in the procurement of treatments and medical equipment.
Presenting the package of proposals containing several program points, István Ujhelyi also emphasized that during the establishment of the European Health Union, the amount of resources available for healthcare should be increased by leaps and bounds: both in the seven-year EU budget and in terms of Member State contributions. The program also calls for the closest possible coordination and integration of research and development capacities in order to tackle similar pandemic cases as effectively as possible.
István Ujhelyi said that he was proud to be a part of the health reform program of the S&D Group as a Hungarian and thus the possibility opened up of an earlier commitment he made to create minimum standard requirements in healthcare. “The S&D Group in the European Parliament is a pioneer on this issue, and we are now waiting for the other groups to join the initiative. I also trust that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will support rather than hinder this revolutionary program in the European Council,” said István Ujhelyi.
At his online press conference, the MSZP MEP said about the “Hungarian debate” on the European Parliament’s agenda for Thursday: the activities of the Orbán government clearly go against European values, and the Fidesz authorization law (Hungary’s emergency epidemic bill) gave the Hungarian head of government unprecedented and unlimited power. Ujhelyi emphasized that the EP debate was not initiated by the Hungarian opposition MPs. “My personal opinion is that these debates do not move things forward, but at least contrary to state propaganda, the  dictatorial ways the government is trying to silence those who disagree with it will be revealed and stated point blank,” he said. Ujhelyi added that if he were to decide on the issue, he would give the Minister of Justice Judit Varga a say in tomorrow’s debate, as he said, at least this way she could try and explain the excesses the government has made referring to the crisis. “By the way, Viktor Orbán had been invited to the meeting, so technically, he could hop on one of his private or government jets and go to Brussels, if he really wanted to,” added István Ujhelyi.

Budapest – 13/05/2020

Politico: Health Standards in Health Systems

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Politico_Print-01-1024x724István Ujhelyi, a Hungarian MEP and the first vice chair of the Parliament’s transport committee, began pushing an idea for a minimum health care standard in the EU at the beginning of the Parliament’s term. Now it’s one of the more controversial items that could be included in the S&D’s proposal for increasing the EU’s health competence, which the party should adopt this week. Ujhelyi described the idea to Jillian Deutsch (Politico) this weekend.

Time to give up power: By leaving health care to national capitals, “the European Union only shrugs its shoulders when it comes to the intolerable condition of the health systems of some member states, which, in a number of cases, present national security risks,” he said. “It’s time to make health a priority area for the EU and … make health care funding a national priority in the member states.”
The idea begins: Ujhelyi notes that in his native Hungary, thousands of doctors and nurses leave for wealthier European countries. Meanwhile, there are regional disparities in diseases in the EU. For example, people in the East are more likely to get the nosocomial infection (a disease contracted in hospitals) than those in the West, while those in the West are more likely to get certain diseases due a lack of vaccinations. “Just a tiny hole on our common boat is enough to let the water slowly turn it to its side and eventually sink the sailboat,” he said.
_DSC0878So what are minimum health care standards, really? Ujhelyi’s idea is that the EU would mandate minimum requirements for health care workers; create transparent, centrally-managed wait lists; and reduce out-of-pocket health payments. He also wants countries to consider a “sectoral minimum wage” and spend more on health systems. If they can’t afford to do so, the EU’s long-term budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework, could step in, he adds. He knows it’ll be a hard sell: “There will be those who will sharply protest against deeper EU regulation of health care systems,” he conceded. Ujhelyi said he already received a letter from one country’s health minister who expressed understanding for Ujhelyi’s position — but didn’t want to give up full member-state competence over health. His sales pitch: Health care problems cross borders, Ujhelyi argues. “A solid foundation is needed, a minimal guarantee that balances out the fragile systems.” The coronavirus outbreak showed the need for integrated and quality health systems; a strong workforce and infrastructure; as well as the right legal framework and the appropriate funds to make it work. “We must cross certain boundaries, certain fossilised European dogmas,” he said. “Such is the sacred cow of member state competence.”

Former Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis was joined by former Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and former Parliament President Klaus Hänsch to pen a Euractiv op-ed calling for boosting the EU’s health powers, arguing the EU’s role in coordinating health policies has “been watered down over time, often for political reasons.” The EU is “not adequately prepared” to handle health crises, as the coronavirus crisis shows — as seen with the poor coordination between countries, limited reserves of supplies and shortage of health workers. And there will be more health issues in the future, like antimicrobial resistance, they warn. Time for power: The three push for a treaty change to make this happen, so that the EU can take public health action and the Commission can have its own resources and competences in public health and handling emergencies. Moreover, the EU “should share responsibility in ‘care and cure’ in the areas of rare cancers and rare diseases while preserving subsidiarity as a core principle,” they write.”

11.05.2020.

Ujhelyi: If Orbán Fails to Join European Public Prosecutor’s Office, Brussels Should Decide on Resources for Hungary Instead!

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95873985_3388201337860695_139449384713584640_oIstván Ujhelyi convened the roundtable of opposition MEPs again. The socialist politician said that joint action was needed when negotiating the amended Multiannual Financial Framework of the EU.
The MSZP MEP therefore invited members of the European Parliament from DK, Momentum and Jobbik to an online consultation on Monday. Ujhelyi said that the President of the European Commission will present the Union’s next seven-year MFF, which has been substantially amended due to the coronavirus.
“The decisive battle over the distribution of money is starting in Brussels now: it is now that we shall decide how much the European community will spend over the next seven years and on what. It is in the interest of all Hungarians to cut the largest possible slice out of the common cake together in order to guarantee the security and development of the country,” said István Ujhelyi, adding: opposition Hungarian MEPs are working for Hungarian interests yet again, which sometimes amounts to counterbalancing the consequences of “Orbán’s ravaging.”
According to the MSZP politician, a joint opposition stand is needed in order to be able to enforce Hungary’s interests, for example, in ensuring that the resources available from the structural funds – especially cohesion and agricultural subsidies – remain available to Hungary to a significant extent. Ujhelyi added that more and more responsible European leaders are voicing the need for financial austerity against Member State governments that act against the interests and values of the community, such as the Orbán government, which pursues anti-EU policies.
“I demand a solution that does not punish the Hungarian people, but rather only the Hungarian government, for example, by taking the decision on the distribution of resources out of its dirty hands,” said the MSZP politician. István Ujhelyi suggested to the other opposition MEPs that they jointly address the European Commission and the European Council and formulate the need to establish an EU mechanism for the next seven-year budget, which would make the European Public Prosecutor’s Office a condition for the free use of funds.
“If a Member State government violates European values or treats EU money in a corrupt way, Brussels must deprive the government of its decision-making power until it gets back on the right track. Thus, not a single cent shall be lost, and Hungarian applicants continue to receive funds through a transparent and accountable system,” Ujhelyi suggested.
MSZP’s European politician added that in the next EU budget there is also a need to provide as many direct resources as possible to the regions and municipalities, thus preventing governments from favouring or even disadvantaging certain municipalities driven by political will. At the end of his press conference, Ujhelyi asked the electorate to join the MSZP’s petition initiative launched by the party to protect the people.

Budapest – 03/05/2020

Historic initiative from the S&D: “European Health Union”

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euhelath“If not now, when?” – asked Leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats European parliamentary group Iratxe Garcìa and Vice-Chair of the Group in charge of Health Heléne Fritzon in a joint statement calling for radically new European systems in the field of health.
Leaders of the S&D Group say the coronavirus pandemic has proved that it is time to create a “European Health Union”, including inter alia the introduction of minimum care quality standards set by Socialist MEP István Ujhelyi in his program on minimum healthcare service.
According to the Social Democrat Group of the European Parliament, it must be avoided that any of the Member States’ health systems become overburdened and get on the brink of collapse, and this requires new EU instruments. The S&D Group proposes that a mandatory stress test be carried out in the healthcare systems of all Member States, and that the European Commission make legislative proposals to establish certain European minimum standards based on the results.
The S&D Group has also proposed the establishment of a so-called “European Health Response Mechanism”, which would allow for immediate response to public health crises within the framework of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism.
The European politician of MSZP István Ujhelyi called it an historic breakthrough that the Social Democrats of the EP had accepted and jointly represent the health program he initiated. “Every European citizen, including all Hungarians, is entitled to quality care, and we in the European Community can no longer tolerate such extreme differences in the health systems of the Member States,” said István Ujhelyi, recalling that in recent months, he had worked with Hungarian and European professional organizations on a framework program setting out minimum quality and practical requirements to be expected of healthcare.
Ujhelyi suggested that these standards be adhered to in all Member States in the future, and that the European Union provide targeted resources to substantially reduce disparities in primary care. “It is untenable that in Hungary, for example, a patient is three and a half times more likely to get a fatal nosocomial infection than in Germany.
But it is also untenable that children in Italy are much more likely to get serious illnesses due to the shortcomings of the vaccination system there than in Hungary, a European champion in this regard. These differences need to be addressed at EU level, and my program is an attempt for this,” said István Ujhelyi.
The MSZP MEP added that the “European Health Union” program proposed by the S&D Group, including his proposal in principle for the minimum standards, was only the first, however, a very important step towards implementation. Ujhelyi emphasized that the details of the Framework Program would continue to be the subject of on-going consultation with relevant professional and non-governmental organizations, but would also involve experts from Member State governments.

Brussels – 07/05/2020

Government Must Report on Reallocation of EU funds!

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94110019_130810775220155_3234814288963043328_nIn just one day, more than two thousand people have already responded to the internet vote I launched: if they could decide instead of the government, what they would spend the EU funds on that the European Union has released and dedicated to the fight against the coronavirus.
It is no secret or surprise that people have so far, almost without exception, voted for Fidesz to reallocate the funds released for protection and to replace jobs and salaries lost instead of expenditures and investments that are unnecessary in this situation, or at least could be postponed.
No matter how hard the Hungarian government and its service staff are trying to turn people against the European Union, the facts remain solid: the EU is indeed acting and freeing up serious money so that the governments of the Member States can take effective action in the grave situation. The European rescue packages (RescEU) contain at least 12 capacities and programs that Hungary can also use.
One such solution is that EU money previously provided for other purposes and programs can now be reallocated by governments and spent on fighting the epidemic, supporting the economy that crashed as a result of the epidemic or helping people in need of a life belt. There are many such multi-billion forint items, and the decision lies in the hands of Viktor Orbán.
If indeed protection and help come first, he can redirect these funds with a single stroke of pen. Such are the two billion forint budget allocated for the castle program or the multi-billion forint communication and training budgets at the ministries. Fidesz and the government are still vague about this money, Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch known for his snappy arguments, for example, defended what was impossible to defend by saying that reallocating these EU developments would be “gross austerity measures” that would only exacerbate the “economic and social crisis”. The question is, where?
For relatives with an interest in the castle program? For the power serving media outlets with an interest in winning communication tenders? Or were these items buried in advance in the public money cemetery in Felcsút and it would be difficult to remove them from the system now? Well, it must be a great dilemma up there: are all Hungarians important or just their own people?
I hereby call on the Government to report on the plans for all application funds committed but not yet paid and the planned reallocation funds from applications still open! Given the situation that the European Union now makes this possible, they must declare which programs they have decided to rather use for health equipment, protective gear and job protection.
Our online vote on the reallocations is still open (available at: ujhelyi.eu/koronavirus), and many more thousands of people are expected to have their say on this matter in the coming days, with the result of which we shall confront the sneaky government!

dr. István Ujhelyi
Member of the European Parliament
April 19, 2020

Ujhelyi: For Fidesz, the coronavirus is not the enemy, the European Union is

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UJHELYI IstvanFidesz MEPs did not support the united, historic resolution tabled jointly by the leading groups in the European Parliament on health care, economic and social measures against the coronavirus pandemic.
Fidesz did not support the strengthening of health protection, they did not support the helping of people who lost their jobs, the reimbursement of wages lost due to the epidemic neither, nor did they support the transformation of the functioning of the European Union in order to manage the crisis more effectively.
Fidesz’s representatives preferred to stand up for Viktor Orbán’s frustrated power mania than supporting the security of the lives of the people of Europe and thus of Hungary. Fidesz has made it clear that it is not the coronavirus that they perceive as the real enemy, but the European Union.
Fidesz had previously called it “tasteless” that measures to protect people’s lives included issues of the rule of law. This pathetic argument is especially tasteless coming from Fidesz, who recently mixed Viktor Orbán’s absolute power takeover efforts into measures for the protection of the lives of Hungarians, supported by the entire opposition.
Fidesz regularly talks about double standard, although they are happy to apply it themselves. The moment of truth was there, but pro-government MPs did not live up to it: they failed.

Brussels – 17/04/2020

God May Forgive, But I Cannot

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jegyzetcover33“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”; Luke 23:34.

This Easter really is different from the previous ones, the Prime Minister was, in fact, right. And not only because our generation, accustomed to peace, is facing unprecedented circumstances as result of the coronavirus epidemic, but also because it has once again been proven that the powers that be cannot live up to their responsibility even in this pressing situation. We could say, of course, that it as us being stupid, as the System of National Cooperation pressed into a tricolor was an ugly lie as soon as it was born, yet one – perhaps just driven by Christian forgiveness – believed again and again that it would be different over time: the pendulum shall mellow down and swing back from the madness. Well, it hasn’t, and the government remains true to itself being incapable of acting any differently. In other circumstances, I would simply call them scum of the Earth, but for the sake of honouring the holiday, let me just use the adjective ‘hypocritical’ to describe them.
The government in power took the threat of the virus lightly at first, saying that migration organized according to the score of the Soros World Conspiracy was a much bigger problem than any impending pandemic. Finally, recognizing the problem and the responsibility, they took a series of belated steps. I myself have supported and continue to support all government steps that will help the protection succeed; this is a clear duty. Unfortunately, however, the big picture is shadier.
In the free minutes of social and public media, advertisements about the nation clinging together and the adjournment of political debates are being poured on us from government money. Nice, refined  messages that people wish were true. It is infinitely sad that behind them lies the shadow of rotting intent. As soon as the government saw the opportunity, one of its helping hands grabbed a dagger and it still cuts, stabs and sabres with it wherever it can; mostly, of course, below the belt. The way in which they marched against the European Union and the way in which they are raising a screen of lies between Brussels and Budapest is not only pathetic, but also extremely dangerous. Although they might win a political battle with it back at home for a few minutes, they harm the entire nation in the long run. And the way the government sent all the infantries of the machinery (i.e. from the chief medical officer forced into a clamp, to a MEP to has seen better days through media workers bought for small change) against Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony and the opposition mayors is both extremely pitiful and infinitely saddening.
Because we are now facing a threat that really demands unity and not an intensification of the ideological civil war that is tearing families apart. But no, the government is using this situation too to weaken its rivals by propagandist repetition of conscious lies. Of course, thirteen years ago already, Viktor Orbán has said in a speech to foreign diplomats that he had learned: “When there is a chance to kill your rival, you do not think, you execute.”
As a father of six, I am infinitely sad and upset that once decent people give their names to the disgusting, despicable acts of the government, and that decent citizens, without any reflection, believe everything that flows from the publicity dominated by the ruling power. The coronavirus epidemic is a real threat, not some cheap political product! People’s health and securing their livelihood is a priority to be protected, not a tool for political games! The European Union is a valuable and helpful community to us all, not an enemy! The governing power now operates by means for which there is no excuse. If there is a God, he may forgive them, but as a Hungarian, a father, and a relentless European, I cannot.

dr. István Ujhelyi
Member of the European Parliament
April 12, 2020

Ujhelyi Claims Dozen of EU Support Tools Available in Fight Against Coronavirus

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_LEZ2159At an extraordinary press conference on his social media platform, MEP István Ujhelyi reported on new EU funding and support tools Hungary can use for protection against the coronavirus, the existence of which is, however, denied by the government.
In doing so, the MSZP politician once again refuted the government’s claims that our country does not receive any help from the European Union. “It is perceptible that much of the country doubts the credibility of Viktor Orbán and his government, and the serious lies about EU funding provide valid basis for this,” Ujhelyi said, recalling that according to official government communication the country has only received aid from China and the Turkish Council in the preparation for the epidemic.
According to Ujhelyi, it is factually proven that the European Community makes nearly two thousand billion forints of funds accessible to Hungary. This, by the way, as pointed out by the Socialist MEP, is part of the EUR 37 billion European rescue package voted on by Fidesz MEPs at an extraordinary session of the European Parliament on Thursday. Earlier, Ujhelyi presented a letter sent to Ministers Miklós Kásler and László Palkovics sent in early March by EU Commissioner for Cohesion and Reform Elisa Ferreira and EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit.
This letter informed the Orbán government that, as part of the first rescue package, the Hungarian government would not have to repay the pre-financing from the European Structural and Investment Funds, which is EUR 861 million for Hungary. Moreover, the Commission had decided that this amount would be complemented by a pre-financing budget for 2020 of an additional EUR 607 million; this means that around EUR 520 billion of EU funds are already at the disposal of the Orbán government.
István Ujhelyi also pointed out that while Hungary can expect nearly two thousand billion forints (EUR 5.6 billion) from the European rescue package opened up in connection with the coronavirus, other member states can expect a more modest budget. The Czech Republic and Croatia, for example, receive “only” EUR 1.1 billion, but Romania (EUR 3 billion) and Italy in severe crisis (EUR 4.1 billion can expect less resources than Hungary, with Poland alone getting bigger EU support.
According to the MSZP MEP, the government’s argument that this money has already been allocated in advance and therefore cannot be reallocated is also a lie. Referring to a letter from the European Commission, Ujhelyi refuted Fidesz’s arguments, saying it was clear that Hungary had not yet sent its bills to Brussels of the freed up amount, meaning that these funds could now indeed be reallocated for protection against the coronavirus, the EU has offered the possibility to do so.
“I call on the government to explain to the public in detail what it wants to spend this tremendous amount of money on! What exactly are those urgent projects that do not permit the government to spend on protection against the coronavirus? Are these the tenders already promised to be won by the circle of friends and buddies? If there is only one such project, then it becomes clear that it was more important for Fidesz to stuff one of Lőrinc Mészáros’s companies with money than to deal with the situation of Hungarian families during the epidemic! ” said István Ujhelyi on his community page.
At the Saturday press conference, the European politician of MSZP also said that there were twelve different EU tools and programs that the government could use for protection, such as health institution development or job protection. Ujhelyi mentioned that, for example, the Prime Minister’s Office had an EU budget of HUF 13 billion that was allocated for communication with the public, but now, in line with the EU decision, we could use it for protection against the coronavirus.
According to Ujhelyi, there are similarly mobilizable EU funds in the treasury of the Ministry of Foreign Economy and Foreign Affairs (HUF 10 billion) and the Ministry of National Economy (HUF 64 billion). The Socialist MEP added that there are currently 47 open applications in the Széchenyi2020 program, almost all of which could be used for protection if the government made the necessary call. According to István Ujhelyi, instead, the government is lying to Hungarian society, to the European Union and to the Members of the European Parliament, although it should rather build trust among European partners and the Hungarian people in this severe crisis.

Budapest – 28/03/2020

Ujhelyi: Fidesz Government Denies EU Funding of HUF 520 billion

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LEZ_9758At the current exchange rate, the European Commission provides the Hungarian government with an amount of roughly HUF 520 billion for protection against the coronavirus.
However, Fidesz is still trying to deny this – socialist MEP István Ujhelyi said at an extraordinary online press conference on his social media platform. The MSZP politician also presented a letter sent to ministers Miklós Kásler and László Palkovics in early March by EU Commissioner for Cohesion and Reform Elisa Ferreira and EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit.
Ujhelyi said that this letter was meant to inform the Orbán government that, as part of the first rescue package, the pre-financing from the European Structural and Investment Funds, which would be EUR 861 million for Hungary, would not need to be repaid. Moreover, the Commission had decided that this amount will be complemented by a pre-financing frame for 2020 of an additional EUR 607 million. Thus, added up, about HUF 520 billion of EU funds are already available to the Orbán Cabinet. “The Hungarian government was notified about this 10 days ago, so the ministers either did not inform the head of the government or Orbán’s team is deliberately lying and have a different plan altogether for the money,” Ujhelyi said.
The MEP added that the European Union had already taken a number of immediate steps to protect against the coronavirus and help the Member States. For example, such is the EUR 37 billion package decided and approved by the European Parliament just yesterday, which will provide Hungary with a budget of approximately two thousand billion forints; of which the above mentioned sum of 520 billion is also a part of.
Ujhelyi pointed out that the EU has opened up the necessary funds to enable Member States to procure healthcare equipment and support businesses in crisis, but thanks to a decision made by the European Parliament yesterday, some resources can be drawn from the EU Solidarity Fund, though previously this could only be done in times of natural disasters.
The European politician of MSZP stressed that, although the Member States are locking themselves down in the current situation, the European Union is active and the institutions are making every effort to provide the Member States with resources. “It is a deliberate communication strategy to blame the European Union for the public anger that is expected to result from the decline of healthcare, even though the organization of healthcare is the exclusive the responsibility of the Member States.
I call on Viktor Orbán and the government not to deny our European allies and European solidarity by bowing to the Turkish Council in a deceiving fashion, but to help the common work. It will be difficult for me to fight for resources for the interests of Hungarian employees and the protection of Hungarian society if in the meantime the Hungarian government will  treat Brussels as a scapegoat, rather than a partner,” said István Ujhelyi.

Budapest, 27/3/2020