Jobbik rejects EU’s Y2018 budget

In its 30th November session, the European Parliament voted on the EU’s 2018 budget and adopted it with a surprisingly narrow margin (295 votes for, 154 against, 197 abstentions). Jobbik’s MEPs voted against the budget because it is still predominated by a neoliberal economic concept and fails to provide an opportunity for peripheral countries to catch up with the core states.

At real value, the financial budget allocated for the 2014-2020 period dropped by 4.5% compared to the previous term. It happened for the first time in the history of the EU. Furthermore, the cohesion funds, which are the most important for us, were decreased by 8.4%. So, contrary to all promises, the gap between the core and the peripheral states, including Hungary, will continue to open wider and wider. That’s why it is so important to support the European Citizens’ Initiative, which Jobbik launched to incorporate the “equal pay for equal work” principle into the EU Treaties and help reduce the income gap within the Union. The significance of the initiative was also confirmed by the international conference organized in the European Parliament last week.


Zoltán Balczó, MEP, Jobbik