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Government Amending Fundamental Law, Price Fixing Policy Still to Be Decided

Speaking in today’s Government Information Briefing, Minister Gergely Gulyás said that one of the first duties of the new National Assembly would be to amend Hungary’s Fundamental Law.

The government plans to phase out the state of emergency that was declared because of the pandemic, but declare a new state of emergency due to the war in Ukraine and the accompanying wave of refugees. However, the Fundamental Law will have to be amended to do this, he said.

Telex summarized other key news announced at today’s briefing:

  • The government will decide next week whether the policy of fixed prices on certain consumer goods will continue. Gulyás claimed that inflation would now be at 13% if not for the policy now in effect.
  • Prime Minister Viktor Orbán offered a position in the government to Máté Kocsis, but the latter will remain Fidesz’s caucus leader in Parliament.
  • Government spokesperson Alexandra Szentkirályi claimed that it was not a conflict of interest that the government is planning to buy fighter jets from her husband’s company.
  • An employee in the Prime Minister’s Office is involved in the bribery case being investigated in the Ministry of Finance, but Gulyás said that there were no political implications.
  • Gulyás said several times that there would not be a separate Ministry of Health, despite the Hungarian Medical Chamber’s express request for one.

[444, Telex]

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