“South Tyrol type autonomy for Vojvodina!”
Hungarians in the motherland and across the border have all followed the election of Jobbik’s new officials with great interest.
We interviewed Jobbik’s executive vice president and MEP Márton Gyöngyösi, who has always shown strong empathy for Hungarians living on the other side of the border, including those in Vojvodina. We asked him about the latest news related to the party, their future plans, goals and prospects.
How could the election of the new officials change Jobbik?
Back in 2018, the previous board took over a party hamstrung by unlawful giga-fines and disintegrated by Fidesz’ undercover agents. There could be no other goal than to stabilize Jobbik’s position and secure a transition. I can proudly say that we have managed to do both. In fact, we even achieved outstanding results in the municipal elections last autumn. Nonetheless, it was still a transitional period which was ended by the election of new officials on 25 January. Under Péter Jakab’s leadership, a strong and united board was elected, and they are now preparing for the 2022 elections. Over the past years, Jobbik has become a real people’s party, taking over the role of the centre-right in Hungary’s political arena. Voters in Hungary and all over the Carpathian Basin can expect us to conduct assertive and consistent policies that focus on the interest of the Hungarian people in the upcoming period.
Unlike Fidesz, we’re not going to look at people’s ideological stance and unlike the left, we’re not going to classify people based on which side of Hungary’s borders they live on today. Our goal is to make the Hungarian community a strong and proud European nation.
How much truth is there in the Fidesz media’s reports that Jobbik is about to split?
Jobbik’s congress entrusted Péter Jakab with a 87.8 per cent majority, in fact, his endorsed candidates were elected into the board, too. As far as I know, such things are called unity and strength. We know that Fidesz “journalists” can hardly be bothered by facts and they are not particularly good with numbers, either. Of course, this might just be a defence mechanism on their part so that they could continue to live in denial as their articles have less to do with reality than Star Wars.
After the change in Jobbik’s leadership, will the party change its approach to the ethnic Hungarian communities or can our fellow nationals expect the same attention and moral-political support as before?
Jobbik’s 2019 European Parliamentary Programme made it clear that our party lays great emphasis on its responsibility for the ethnic Hungarian minorities and on supporting the autonomy efforts of these Hungarian communities. When we say that we want to serve all Hungarian people, it means that we work for all Hungarians, no matter where they live in the Carpathian Basin. Of course, Hungarians living in Budapest, Győr, Miskolc or Subotica (Szabadka) may face very different problems, that’s why solutions must always be adapted to the local circumstances. The solution for Hungarian minorities is to grant them autonomy, for which we have several European examples. We often refer to the South Tyrol model, which would be quite adaptable for Vojvodina since this region already has a certain extent of autonomy but the Hungarian community still forms a minority within it.
If Vojvodina could have an autonomic area with a Hungarian majority in the same way there is a Italian-dominated southern and a German-majority northern part within Italy’s autonomous Trentino-South Tyrol province, I think all parties would benefit from it. In that regard, we want to give all possible support for Vojvodina’s Hungarian community, just as we focus on the situation of our fellow nationals in Transylvania, Transcarpathia and Slovakia as well, Mr Gyöngyösi concluded.
F. F., Délhír - Jobbik.com