Would Fidesz even prefer to keep Hungarian labour cheap?

Gábor Vona was interviewed by ATV’s “Straight Talk” show, with the issue of the wage union in focus. Jobbik’s president explained that, contrary to the statements by state secretary Csaba Dömötör, Hungary’s sovereignty would not at all be curbed by this initiative.

“The initiative aims to include the key principle of “equal wages for equal work” in the EU Treaties as one of the Union’s fundamental freedoms regulating its operation,” he asserted. Expressing his view that the principle was morally justified, Mr Vona added that the EU’s decision-making processes had failed to consider it so far. As a result, the gap between average wages further widened instead of decreasing. Integration is one of the EU’s foundations, that is why cohesion funds are handed out. However, the differences of countries have remained and the division is even deeper than before.

In the president’s view, it has two reasons: one is the bad economic policy of the previous and present Hungarian governments, the other lies in the EU’s operation and the structure of the cohesion funds.
“So when we want to achieve a European Wage Union, we are, to a certain extent, talking about the reform of the EU’s cohesion and integration policies and perhaps that of the whole European Union as well,” he suggested. Mr Vona said the project would require such conditions where Hungarian enterprises, along with those of Eastern Central Europe, could become competitive, too.

Is the current control of cohesion monies too strict or too loose?

The host raised the question if the wage union would actually lead to a tighter control of how the participating member states were allowed to spend the EU funds, in other words, the current loose controlling system could be replaced by a much stricter one.

In his response, Mr Vona said we should first examine if the current mechanism was indeed too strict or perhaps too loose. In certain cases, it does channel development funds into a certain direction. However, the fundamental question is not really where but how efficiently these monies are used, he said. “No matter if we need a tighter or a looser regulation to make it more efficient, I don’t mind as long as it’s really more efficient.” If a tighter control boosts the Hungarian economy, no one will criticize the stricter regulations as long as the hard facts show a development.

Hungarian oligarchs and multinational companies

Mr Vona explained that Fidesz often provided additional resources for multinational companies instead of Hungarian small and medium enterprises. In the meantime, EU funds often land in the pockets of Hungarian oligarchs. “What we need to talk about is, basically, a new European Union. We need to raise such taboo issues as, for example, the limitation or regulation of certain market conditions.” Such a move would be justified as long as it improved efficiency, the politician suggested. The maintenance of the current situation is in the interest of the Fidesz-Christian Democrat government. They made a deal with Western big business to keep Hungarian labour cheap and split the profit among themselves.

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