Minister Overseeing the Office of the Prime Minister János Lázár and government spokesman Zoltán Kovács held the 43rd weekly “government info” press conference today.
The main takeaways from today’s press conference:
- Hungary will continue to fight against the migrant resettlement quota
- The government sees no need yet to build a fence along the Hungary–Romania border;
- The military will provide employment opportunities to public employment scheme workers
- The government has absolutely no reason to apologize to teachers. The teachers are the ones who need to engage the government’s education roundtable.
Quota, migrants, fences
Lázár said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is out in Brussels fighting for Hungary and doing what he can to prevent the European Union from forcing Hungary to take on refugees. On the issue of fence building, Lázár said Hungary currently sees no reason to move forward with plans to build another border fence, this time along the Hungary–Romania border.
Military to provide employment opportunities for public employment scheme workers
Lázár also commented on the Hungarian military’s decision to offer employment opportunities to public employment scheme workers. These public employment scheme workers can essentially enlist in the military for up to three years and extend their contract afterwards if they so choose.
Lázár explained that the government would be embarking on a new campaign starting in April to further decrease government bureaucracy. He said Hungarians have saved more than HUF 2 billion in costs now that certain fees have been reduced or eliminated altogether.
On the subject of the teachers protests (and the demands of Teleki school director István Pukli), Lázár accused the dissatisfied teachers of taking part in politics and using their occupations, schools and students as pawns in the ordeal.
He said that any teacher who has legitimate concerns or ideas regarding the state of public education should contact or join the government’s public education roundtable discussions.
“Telling someone to apologize is not professional advice. I don’t think we have to apologize for anything,” Lázár said.