The news of József Szájer’s case was about the Hungarian ruling party throughout Europe; the government, with the help of the emergency mandate, forbade local authorities to raise taxes; An average young person lived from 134,000 forints a month before the crisis. This is the weekly financial summary of hvg.hu.

When József Szájer resigned as Member of Parliament last Sunday, citing mental burdens, many of us guessed what the reason might be, but the fact that he had to flee a party in violation of the ban on gatherings with a backpack, according to police, was enough not. they would have guessed.

Guess what has been done if its case is not a deliberate pressure on the Hungarian government, but there are too many question marks to give a meaningful answer. All this can even hasten Fidesz’s withdrawal from the European People’s Party, and the assumptions that Fidesz will leave the People’s Party there on his own have not been confirmed and will not wait until it is voted out.

The European Court of Justice should reject Hungary’s action against the European Parliament, Advocate General Michal Bobek suggests to the panel. The crux of the matter is that the government is questioning whether the Sargentini report was actually voted by a two – thirds majority, and on that basis it does not consider it justified that proceedings could have been instituted against Hungary for serious violations of the rule of law.

In any case, the Hungarian government has initiated and is initiating a number of major legal battles before the European Court of Justice. But as we have shown, these are all of a political nature, and in all of them the government has, without exception, failed or is lost.

One of the week’s biggest surprises in EU affairs was caused by Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gowin when he spoke on Thursday about withdrawing from blocking the EU budget under certain conditions. However, no government decision has yet been made on this, and Gowin, as leader of one of the smaller coalition parties, has opposed the veto from the outset, so the question of the veto can still be decided on a Polish domestic political balance.

We have a horrible week looking at the situation of the coronavirus epidemic. There have never been so many deaths as now, and the number of active cases is increasing. The government promises more epidemiological reports next Monday.

In the meantime, only one decision has become known: with the help of the emergency mandate, the government has banned municipalities that are already at the limit of their financial ability to raise taxes or introduce new taxes. György Gémesi, President of the Association of Hungarian Local Governments, said to our question that this affects approximately 2,500 local authorities, and it should come as no surprise that the government did not consult local associations before the decision. Although Lajos Kósa said that the government does not support the abolition of the corporate tax, as corporate income will decrease during the crisis, it will not solve all the problems in the cities.

In any case, András Tállai said the government would protect people from raising taxes in local authorities, but the Secretary of State also added that it was incomprehensible why they wanted to raise taxes at all. Mayor Péter Niedermüller of Erzsébetváros has gone the furthest among critics: he claims the ordinance is unconstitutional, so he will implement the tax increases the district has already decided and await the resolution from the mansion and the constitutional court.

Picture of the week: building on the Orbán family in Hatvanpuszta.

Compared to a year earlier, the Hungarian economy’s earnings fell by 4.6 percent in the third quarter of this year, the Central Statistical Office reported. Our economy recovered at a good pace before the second wave of the epidemic came in, an increase of 11.4 percent from the second quarter. The detailed figures show that work in the factories resumed after the spring shock, but transport and stocks decreased, and the shortage of foreign tourists is felt not only in tourism but also in trade.

The CSO also announced this week that sales for Hungarian stores fell, the decline by 1.9 percent was worse than the most pessimistic expectation. Apparently, in October, people only bought food and drink and medicine, everything else almost only when they finally had to. However, the situation in the industry may give rise to confidence. In October, it had not only returned to pre-crisis levels but had surpassed it, an increase of 2.7 per cent from the year before. According to initial information, vehicle production and production of computers, electronics and optical products increased, which could help the entire Hungarian economy.

Although there were rumors that the Portuguese and Spanish governments wanted to drill Hungarian agricultural businesses in Angola, according to our sources, there was no serious agricultural activity there. We know that there were in fact political reasons why Viktor Orbán’s trip to Angola was delayed, except thanks to one of the southern countries, but the German lobby. They did not have a hard time: from the fact that Hungary drilled the Marrakesh Declaration to Africa 2018, the otherwise openly anti-immigrant Hungarian government could be dismissed as xenophobic and racist.

In fact, an agreement could have been reached with the Angolan electricity supplier. Ende wanted to buy transformers and other accessories from CG Hungary, but it did not happen. This also highlights the failure of the Hungarian government to open up in the south, at least in Africa. Of the merits, no agreement has been reached so far that could be taken seriously from an economic point of view or that would justify the success of the strategy of opening up south.

The average Hungarian lived on 134,000 forints per month in 2019, according to the CSO’s publication on the standard of living of households. Divided by income tenth, we can see that the poorest households lived on HUF 41,000 per month, while the richest households lived on HUF 312,000 per month.

In 2019, with a decrease of 118,000 people, 1,695,000 people risked poverty or social exclusion, 17.7 percent of the total population. The figures also show that per capita income for singles and childless couples was higher than for households with children. Large families are still lagging behind in terms of per capita income.

Lillafüred Trout Farm supplies 70 percent of Hungarian trout production – the farm’s manager, György Hoitsy, spoke about the type of work behind it. “It’s a bit of slave labor,” he said, increasing his annual production from one and a half to sixty tons since he began working there in 1982.

This is because trout need oxygen-rich, cold water, and even if the temperature is approximately from the spring water, the oxygen supply to the water must be increased in various ways.

György Hoitsy also said that drought years are becoming more common, and in the high average, precipitation is decreasing more and more. Although there is no need to fear the heating of the spring water at the moment, for example during a heat wave, feeding must be kept, which also slows the growth of the fish – even months.



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