Green Energy Future of Hungarian Economy, Says Orbán

  • 20 Nov 2023 7:22 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Green Energy Future of Hungarian Economy, Says Orbán
The future of the Hungarian economy is being decided right now because the locations of Europe’s green industry hubs are also being decided now, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told ruling Fidesz’s 30th party congress, adding that this required major private investment.

Hungary today receives more recognition from the politically more critical international green organisations than from the Hungarian green parties, he said.

Hungary’s green policy is not based on ideology or partisanship, the prime minister said, adding that the government said “yes to green energy but no to green ideology”. He said he knew Hungary to be a country that “doesn’t believe in colourful stories”.

“We couldn’t stomach the brown stories, either, which were dominated by race and blood, or the red stories dominated by the proletariat and class conflict,” he said.

“We also couldn’t stomach the rainbow-coloured stories, and now we’re suspicious of the poison green stories in which nature gets revenge and takes back power. We, Hungarians simply want a clean, healthy and natural world according to the order of creation.”

Orbán said Hungary had to produce and store green energy, adding that the latter capability would be the key to success. Hungarians, he said, had a chance to become the technological leaders of a new era in the global economy. “We haven’t had an opportunity like this in 150 years,” the prime minister said.

“All the conditions for success are in place; all we need are brave and well-prepared leaders at the national and local levels.” “We’re making Hungary the meeting point for the most advanced Eastern and Western technology,” he said.

This, he added, was the reason why the country was today considered a “champion of connectivity, green energy and new industrial technologies”. This strategy is what will propel the Hungarian economy upward in the next 15-20 years, ensure that everyone has jobs and attract partner vocational schools and universities, Orbán said. “We will be strong, rich and green,” he added.

Meanwhile, the prime minister said the government was “a ninja government, because we plan for the enemy, rather than us, to be the one on the ground after the mission, allowing us to return to base safe and sound”.

The government has to be brave and capable of taking action, Orbán said. It must not back away in the face of unexpected moves, and must know that only disciplined and precise operations can be successful against an overpowering opponent, he added. Orbán said the first such operation would be the new National Consultation public survey.

The second, he added, would be next year’s European Parliament Election

. “We must achieve a breakthrough in Brussels and repel the Gyurcsányists,” he said.

The prime minister highlighted the local elections as the third key operation. “We have to win both the European and local council elections,” Orbán said.

Orbán: Hungary Will Have New Momentum, Significant Growth by European Standards

The government has achieved the goals it has set for itself, allowing Hungary to gain new momentum and achieve significant growth even by European standards, ensure higher incomes and a higher minimum wage, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told ruling Fidesz’s 30th congress.

The past two years have proven more difficult than ever due to the Russia-Ukraine war, the related sanctions, the energy crisis and galloping inflation, Orbán said.

Despite the “unprecedented pressure from the West”, Hungary has managed to stay out of the war, he said, adding that the country’s energy supply was secure despite sanctions on oil and gas, while caps on utility bills, jobs and family benefits had been protected.

“I report that we’ve achieved the goals we had set,” Orbán said. He said the government had thwarted Brussels’s “attempts at financial blackmail”, and the economy was and would continue growing.

“But we will, of course, collect those couple of euros they owe us,” he added. “Even those who voted against us are doing well with us in government,” the prime minister said.

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