Jobbik continues to support efforts of ethnic Hungarian communities

Addressing the Hungarian Permanent Conference (MÁÉRT), the highest discussion forum of ethnic Hungarian communities, Gábor Vona said that a future Jobbik-led government was going to continue supporting ethnic Hungarian communities and ensure their voting rights. Unlike the Orbán government however, they will not require ethnic Hungarian parties to fully identify with the government’s policies. In response to a question, he said they wanted to win the future, which means that they focused on problem-solving rather than creating political hysteria.

“The MÁÉRT conference is always a time of celebration for the Hungarian public and a very important occasion to discuss the strategy of ethnic Hungarian togetherness,” Mr Vona said in his press conference. Jobbik’s president revealed that his address to the leaders of ethnic Hungarian parties and organizations had not only referred to the success stories and positive effects but it had contained suggestions as well. He asserted that a future Jobbik-led government was not going to withdraw or annul the current government’s achievements in the area of national policy, so Jobbik categorically rejected the proposal of Democratic Coalition President Ferenc Gyurcsány to revoke the voting rights of ethnic Hungarians.

The national opposition party would also continue to provide the funding and support for the economic development projects but was not going to allocate the funds based on partisan aspects. Mr Vona criticized how Hungary treated the existing autonomy efforts: although the government promises year by year to support such initiatives, this opinion is then never voiced in international forums, the world just does not get informed about these intentions. He reminded the journalists that PM Orbán had typically avoided raising this issue in bilateral meetings, even though autonomy was part of the EU acquis, which a future Jobbik-led government was going advocate in international forums, focusing on the autonomy of ethnic Hungarian communities. He said the representatives attending the MÁERT conference had agreed with this proposal.

All participating Hungarian parties and organizations, including Jobbik of course, endorsed the Minority Safepack i.e., the European Citizens’ Initiative calling for measures to ensure and enhance the rights of ethnic and linguistic minorities at EU level. Mr Vona also talked about the Jobbik-launched European Citizens’ Initiative for a Wage Union, explaining that the project could stop the emigration wave from our region in the long run. In his view, the two initiatives together could help people stay and prosper in their homeland; either in the Motherland or any of the neighbouring states.

Referring to the unpredictable situation in Ukraine, Mr Vona once again suggested that MÁERT participants, in addition to their annual conference, should have much more frequent meetings so that Hungarian political entities could always react in a firm and united way. He revealed that the other parties had seemed to be receptive to the idea. Jobbik’s president concluded that Hungary’s national policy must not be blended with partisan issues: Budapest must support ethnic Hungarians but the government must never interfere with the operation of their local organizations based on any partisan interest.

Answering a question from the media, Mr Vona said Jobbik’s position on the migration issue had always been consistent. The future Jobbik-led government will protect Hungary: in addition to maintaining the border fence, they will also restore the independent border guard service which was dissolved by Fidesz and MSZP in 2007. The president believes that Viktor Orbán and his government are not interested in solving the migration crisis; in fact, they want to use it for their own political purposes. In contrast, he added, Jobbik was not interested in creating a political hysteria. Instead, they wanted quick and efficient solutions for such problems as immigration, emigration, education and healthcare in Hungary.