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Home arrow News arrow Political News arrow Hungarian News arrow A catalogue of Fideszs kept (and broken!) promises, year one, part one & two
A catalogue of Fideszs kept (and broken!) promises, year one, part one & two PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 September 2011
Over the course of the 2010 general elections campaign, index.hu kept a record of promises made by leading members of Fidesz that these politicians said would come true if they were given the chance (again) to govern the country. They were given the chance, and one year later, the portal is taking a look at the promises and to what extent they were kept. The following is a translation of the first and second part of what Index says will be a multi-part series.

Promise 1: “It will get better.”
Promised by: László Kövér
When: April 17, 2010
Where: MTI interview
Realized: 50%

It got better for Pál Schmitt and high-earners, while it got worse for low-earners and private pension fund members.

Promise 2: “We will be a country of honest citizens.”
Promised by: Tibor Navracsics
When: February 3, 2010
Where: Residents’ forum, Sümeg
Realized: 35%

The portal refers to findings of this survey by the University of Kaposvár when it says 65% of today’s young Hungarian citizens will not be honest adults.

Promise 3: “There will be national consultation.”
Promised by: Péter Szijjártó
When: March 30, 2010
Where: Népszabadság
Realized: 50%

There was national consultation, but not about every important question, and the methods used considerably limited the opportunity for expressing opinion.

Promise 4: There will be officials sacked.
Promised by: Róbert Répássy
When: January 7, 2010
Where: Representatives’ Offices, Budapest
Realized: 98%

Leaders of over 100 state organizations were changed during the first quarter after the new government was formed. The portal is not sure the government remembered to fire everyone it intended to, hence the 98%.

Promise 5: There will be a moratorium on evictions.
Promised by: Viktor Orbán
When: April 1, 2010
Where: Veszprém
Realized: 100%

Extending the eviction moratorium was one of the government’s first measures, and it extended the deadline again and again, most recently until July 1.

Promise 6: There will be new rules on inheritance.
Promised by: Viktor Orbán
When: March 8, 2010
Where: Forum of National Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers (VOSZ)
Realized: 80%

Levies were eliminated when linear relatives inherit from each other, but married couples still have to pay a levy if they inherit more than Ft 20 million from each other.

Promise 7: There will be an inventory-taking, accounting and investigations.
Promised by: László Kövér, Viktor Orbán and Gyula Budai
When: February 24, 2010, February 9, 2010, December 9, 2009
Where: Transylvania, TV2, Representatives’ Offices, Budapest
Realized: 50%

Some cases are being investigated, such as the Sukoró land swap, severance payments at the BKV and mismanagement of funds at MÁV Informatika. Budai was appointed accountability commissioner, but several people would like to see him account for how he purchased property from the defense ministry.

Promise 8: There will be more police officers.
Promised by: Viktor Orbán
When: February 9, 2010
Where: TV2
Realized: 66%

There are more police officers, though their training started during the previous government. However, there are also 1,200 new students who started their studies at police schools in September. There are no news of new police stations, though they were also promised.

Promise 9: There will be more money for police.
Promised by: András Cser-Palkovics
When: January 19, 2010
Where: communique
Realized: 95%

The 2010 budget allocated Ft 195.149 billion for the police, while this year the police will receive Ft 222.731 billion, which is a 14% increase. Five percent was reduced for not strengthening the police morally, which was also promised.

Promise 10: There will be a “three strikes” law.
Promised by: Pál Schmitt
When: March 5, 2010
Where: Press conference, Zalaegerszeg
Realized: 100%

Three Fidesz and a KDNP MP had submitted the bill even before the new government was formed. The amendment of the criminal code was passed on June 8.

Promise 11: There will be longer statute of limitations.
Promised by: Csaba Hende
When: March 16, 2010
Where: Szombathely (MTI)
Realized: 0%

The rules are still the same as they were when the promise was made.

Promise 12: There will be a separate interior ministry.
Promised by: István Balsai
When: February 23, 2010
Where: Press conference, Szekszárd
Realized: 100%

Fidesz has restored the separate interior ministry.

Promise 13: There will be fewer local government representatives.
Promised by: Róbert Répássy and István Tarlós
When: February 1, 2010, January 15, 2009
Where: Representatives’ Offices, MTI statement
Realized: 100%

The total number of local government representatives was reduced from 25,700 to 17,250.

Promise 14: There will be Hungarian soldiers in Afghanistan and Kosovo.
Promised by: Zsolt Németh
When: January 31, 2010
Where: Index interview
Realized: 100%

There are over 200 Hungarian soldiers serving in Kosovo; there is a Hungarian Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) and other Hungarian military groups serving in Afghanistan, and Hungarian soldiers are in charge of Kabul’s international airport.

Promise 15: There will be a Hungarian-Polish-Romanian alliance.
Promised by: Zsolt Németh
When: December 15, 2009
Where: A conference in Timișoara (Temesvár), Romania
Realized: 10%

Despite the government trying everything it can, Poland does not seem to take notice of Hungary, while Romania is concerned about its own problems.

Promise 16: There will be dual citizenship for ethnic Hungarians living abroad.
Promised by: Zsolt Németh
When: January 31, 2010
Where: Index interview
Realized: 100%

This is second of Németh’s promises which was fully realized.

Promise 17: János Martonyi will be foreign minister.
Promised by: Viktor Orbán
When: March 26, 2010
Where: Inforádió
Realized: 100%

Martonyi has been leading the foreign ministry since the second Orbán government was formed.

Promise 18: “The defense ministry will not sign contracts with dentist’s offices.”
Promised by: Péter Szijjártó
When: April 22, 2010
Where: Press conference, Budapest
Realized: 90%

The ministry has no contracts with any dentist’s offices – such contracts caused a small scandal under the previous government – but it has Lajos Gubcsi. (Gubcsi – the only leader of a defense ministry company with a past in the Central Committee of the Hungarian Communist Youth Association – used the ministry’s communications company to publish his books.)

Promise 19: “There will be no radar station on the Tubes hill.”
Promised by: Viktor Orbán
When: February 8, 2010
Where: MTV
Realized: 100%

It became official in July 2010 that there would be no radar station built on the hill near Pécs. It will instead likely be built on the Medina hill, which is not a protected area and not inhabited, either.

Promise 20: “There will be a green bank.” [This planned financial institution would help owners of panel apartments make their home more energy efficient.]
Promised by: Viktor Orbán
When: February 8, 2010
Where: Hír TV
Realized: 30%

There is still no green bank, but State Secretary János Fónagy keeps insiting there will be one later. It seems the government is working on it, and it will be established on January 1, 2012.

Promise 21: “There will be a new civil code.”
Promised by: Róbert Répássy
When: October 13, 2009
Where: MTI interview
Realized: 40%

The government is working on a new civil code, and a draft is expected to be completed by the middle of summer. The law is expected to be passed in December and come into effect on January 1, 2013.

Promise 22: “There will be a Pécs bypass road.”
Promised by: Viktor Orbán
When: March 29, 2010
Where: Pécs
Realized: 0%

Despite the government promising it would be among its first measures to built a bypass road around Pécs, it was not built.

Promise 23: “There will not be registration tickets.”
Promised by: János Fónagy
When: March 1, 2010
Where: Kossuth Radio
Realized: 0%

The system of registration tickets introduced during the prime ministership of Gordon Bajnai – which costs hundreds of millions of forints – is still in place. (Passengers who use pubic transport for free are required to get registered so that their travel habits can be seen.)

Promise 24: “There will be trains again.”
Promised by: János Fónagy
When: November 27, 2009
Where: Representatives’ Offices, Budapest
Realized: 50%

The government reopened 13 railways lines of the 41 closed by the previous government.

Promise 25: “There will be one PE class each day.”
Promised by: Erik Bánki
When: February 18, 2010
Where: Index interview
Realized: 10%

Doing some physical exercise each day will be required from the next school year, but daily PE classes have not been introduced.

Promise 26: “Hungary will apply for the right to hold the 2013 U-20 World Cup.”
Promised by: Erik Bánki
When: February 18, 2010
Where: Index interview
Realized: 0%

Hungary did not apply, and the 2013 U-20 World Cup will be held in Turkey.

Promise 27: “There will be new Puskás Stadium.”
Promised by: Erik Bánki
When: February 18, 2010
Where: Index interview
Realized: 50%

Preparations for the development project will start later this year, which means the stadium is unlikely to be finished for the promised 2014 deadline.

Promise 28: “There will be no football hooliganism.”
Promised by: Erik Bánki and Viktor Orbán
When: February 18, 2010 and January 29, 2010
Where: Index interview and Nemzeti Sport interview
Realized: 0%

A 17-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after being stabbed before an Újpest-Fradi game in the fall. The match had to be suspended three times due to improper behavior of spectators.

Promise 29: “Debrecen will have a new stadium.”
Promised by: Viktor Orbán
When: January 29, 2010
Where: Nemzeti Sport interview
Realized: 100%

The new stadium will be built from Ft 10 billion.

Promise 30: “There will be a museum quarter.”
Promised by: István Tarlós
When: March 2, 2010
Where: Népszabadság
Realized: 0%

The government announced a plan in February 2011 that a “cultural axis” would be established between Hősök tere and the Buda Castle, but nothing has been said about the project since. Moreover, the Museum of fine Arts will not be expanded, as previously planned.

Promise 31: “There will be an upturn in the informatics industry.”
Promised by: Zsolt Nyitrai
When: February 25, 2010
Where: Press conference, Budapest
Realized: 32%

On paper, a big step has been taken, as the “Digital Renewal” government strategy published at the end of 2010 gives details of planned developments. Mostly preparations have been made during the first year, and a lot of tasks remain for the upcoming years.

Promise 32: “There will be Hungarian energy.”
Promised by: Viktor Orbán
When: November 16, 2009
Where: Danube Palace, Budapest
Realized: 50%

The government wants to keep this promise so bad that it spent Ft 500 billion on buying one-fifth of MOL from the Russians. The government also wants to expand the Paks nuclear plant, but it is unclear from what resources and when. Meanwhile, tenders for increasing energy efficiency have slowed down.

(Politics.hu)

 

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