picture of Márton Gulyás and Péter Márki-Zay

United opposition leader Péter Márki-Zay was a guest on the Partizán Spartacus program on Sunday, where he revealed the team of experts assisting him with policy issues.

The opposition’s prime ministerial candidate told host Márton Gulyás that his “shadow government” is writing his political platform, and is composed of the following members:

  • Gábor Bojár – responsible for economic issues
  • Júlia Király – monetary concerns
  • Ádám Steinmetz – sport matters
  • Zoltán Komáromi – health care issues

Márki-Zay also said that attorney Zoltán Fleck had already set up a body to make proposals on constitutionally-related issues.

Regarding his trip to Brussels last week, the mayor of Hódmezővásárhely said that no promise had been made regarding joining the European People’s Party in the European Parliament should the opposition win next year’s elections, and that the presence of Hungarian Christian Democrat György Hölvényi in the group complicates this possibility.

As for the parties’ joint election list, Márki-Zay said that although negotiations are underway, the completion of the list won’t be completed this year. They are now putting together a unified platform, in which all parties are committed to the introducing the Euro to Hungary, joining the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, and opening up secret agent files to the public.

The opposition leader did not criticize the price cap on gasoline that goes into effect today, saying that such solutions are acceptable in unusual times.

But he also feels that the Fidesz policy of utility reductions is unsustainable in the long run, and that taxes, VAT, and personal income tax will have to be raised sooner or later.

According to Márki-Zay, the problem is not that energy prices are high. “Viktor Orbán has pushed Hungary into poverty,” said the opposition politician. “74% of the country now lives below the EU’s poverty line, making us the last in line.”

Márki-Zay also spoke about the support he received from László Bige, revealing that his Everybody’s Hungary Movement received a 5 million Ft. (US $15,600) grant from the entrepreneur.

You can watch the entire interview (in Hungarian) here:

[Telex][Photo: Partizán / YouTube]

By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.