Jobbik to introduce mental health screening for government members

Jobbik decided to introduce a “Type D” screening for government members in case the party gets into power after the next elections. The screening would consist of a more in-depth foreign and domestic national security assessment, wealth gain reports as well as a psychiatric evaluation.

On the 18th day of each month in the past half year, Jobbik’s president Gábor Vona has made pledges to introduce the pillars of a future Jobbik government. The first five points were focusing on such issues as tackling migration, commitments related to the European Wage Union, anti-corruption legislation, the limitation of terms spent in power and Hungarian oligarchs. The sixth point is to introduce a Type D screening.

Practically an upgraded version of the current national security screening, this assessment would involve all government members, i.e., state secretaries, ministers and the Prime Minister, in order to ensure that all leading politicians are incorruptible.

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In his Tuesday press conference, Mr Vona explained that the screening would consist of the following key elements:

- National security pillar: This is to investigate any past collaboration with the former authoritarian regime as well as any unclear connections to foreign or domestic financial or secret service networks, and exclude individuals accordingly.
- Financial pillar: Government members’ financial status and existing assets would be subjected to a thorough initial examination, which would then be repeated each year in the form of wealth gain assessments. Along with them, the financial status of their family members and close environment would be screened as well. These investigations would cover foreign connections, financial activities as well as any past cases raising the suspicion of corruption, without any parliamentary immunity.
- Mental health assessment: Only national security service members are subjected to mandatory psychiatric screening at present, but Jobbik would expand it to cover government members as well. This assessment would take place on an annual or biennial basis to find out if the leaders of the country have retained their mental health or they have become unfit for these responsible positions.

In Mr Vona’s view, it is a fundamental problem that the Hungarian public has a negative attitude towards politics, considering it basically nothing but domineering, theft and dishonesty, which means that politics has lost it purpose.

Emphasizing that the international situation has been showing dangerous and unpredictable tendencies, Mr Vona stated it was vital to ensure that the members of the future Hungarian governments and especially the Prime Ministers remain incorruptible and immune to blackmail.

Talking about the psychiatric assessment, the president also reflected on fundamental human rights in any democracy. As he put it, “we want to live in a country where people have the right of dissent and they are allowed to have different views than the PM. And if the head of the government is unable to acknowledge that, then comes Type D screening, including the psychiatric assessment.” Mr Vona asserted that he had felt the need for regular psychiatric screening of government members since 2004, and he had just been confirmed in this conviction recently. He added that Jobbik was going to submit the bills to the Parliament after the proper legal codification process.


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