Socialists Want Referendum On Balaton

  • 24 Jul 2020 7:21 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
Socialists Want Referendum On Balaton
The Socialist Party is initiating a referendum on three issues in connection with natural beaches, including Lake Balaton, party national council leader Ágnes Kunhalmi announced in Fonyód yesterday.

She said the process started in 2010 and then accelerated in 2016 in which “Fidesz oligarchs” began to buy the entire shore of Lake Balaton, while a similar process can be observed at several other lakes.

Lake Balaton is a shared national treasure, and access to its beaches was accessible to everyone, but now “people of lesser means” are being squeezed out of a vacation at the lake, she added.

The proposed referendum questions are:
- Do you agree with providing free entrance to public beaches at natural lakes?
- Do you agree that Parliament should impose a ban on construction and alteration of public beaches near natural lakes?
- Do you agree that Parliament should ban the separation of public beaches near natural lakes?

Kunhalmi added that if local authorities around Lake Balaton have lost revenues, the current government must help them out.

The Socialist Party started collecting signatures a few weeks ago to draw attention to problems it sees related to Lake Balaton. The goal is for marinas and free beaches to remain in the public domain.

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