picture of Erzsébet Schmuck

Although the government is using all means necessary to “paint itself green,” there has not been any meaningful change in Fidesz’s environmental policy this year, says the co-chair of LMP-Hungary’s Green Party. In an online press conference on Friday, Elizabeth Schmuck (pictured) promised not only a change of government, but also a true turn towards green priorities next year.

Opposition politicians have complained that the government cabinet is not engaging in a meaningful dialogue with the public about the EU’s climate package, but merely pushes large polluters to pay. At the same time, however, it provides them with hundreds of millions of forints in subsidies.

Schmuck also protested that the “concrete lobby” had not only received financial subsidies, but that legislation had been amended so that nothing would stop it from destroying nature.

Meanwhile, LMP’s legislative proposals on climate change or protecting the environment have fallen on deaf ears, Erzsébet Schmuck said, such as their suggestions for reducing air pollution, “greening” traffic, eradicating energy poverty, or protecting large lakes, among others.

LMP also considers it vital to cooperate with civil organizations, as no change will be possible without them.

However, the green party feels that the government does not understand this, because otherwise it would not have classified their legislative proposal to protect large lakes as a political act, Erzsébet Schmuck stated.

[Index][Photo: LMP-Magyarország Zöld Pártja / 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.