picture of Viktor Orbán and others

Viktor Orbán signed a decree on Tuesday for a “13th month” pension benefit to arrive in February, as posted in a video on the Prime Minister’s Facebook page.

After sitting at a table with representatives from the Council for the Elderly, Orbán said that:

The past year and a half has been particularly hard on our elderly compatriots, so we’ve taken a look at what we could do for them.

Orbán claimed that the Hungarian economy had been able to return to the growth trajectory where it had been before the coronavirus epidemic, and was now performing well. Every retiree received a pension bonus of 80,000 Ft. (US $245) in November, he said, but “we don’t want to stop there.”

The Prime Minister announced that pensions would increase by 5% next year, as he had also stated in Parliament that day, and that the 13th month pension would also be reintroduced.

[444][Photo: Viktor Orbán / Facebook]

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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.