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Hungarian European Parliament Parties

Democratic Coalition Hungary
Hungarian Socialist Party Hungary
Jobbik
Momentum Movement (MoMo)

The following Hungarian Parties were also contacted, but by the time of this publication they had not replied to our questionnaire:

  • Hungarian Civic Alliance and Christian Democratic People’s Party, Kereszténydemokrata Néppárt, Fidesz and KDNP
  • Our Home Movement, Mi Hazánk Mozgalom, MHM
  • Politics Can Be Different, Lehet Más a Politika, LMP
  • Two-tailed Dog Party, Magyar Kétfarkú Kutya Párt, MKKP

Candidate: Csaba Molnar

Position: MEP

Party: Democratic Coalition Hungary

Website: www.dkp.hu

 

 

Regulation of new pollutants

The MEPs of the Democratic Coalition have been supporting the environmental regulations in the previous EP term (such as the Guteland Report on the implementation of Directive 2009/128/EC on the sustainable use of pesticides and the Resolution on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment) and they will continue their fight to protect the European environment and the citizens in the next term.

Sustainable agriculture

The development of sustainable agriculture is of strategic importance for Europe from the point of view of the economy, the environment, balanced spatial development and the living conditions of the population. The Democratic Coalition supports the further development of the Common Agricultural Policy, with a view to strengthening the link between EU subsidies and the sustainability of agricultural production. Community-led local development should be further strengthened to enable local communities, based on the partnership of different local stakeholders, to take the lead in deciding about the use of EU funding in line with local needs. Meanwhile we are also responsible that a healthy, sustainable European agriculture won’t mean more expensive food.

Fossil fuel subsidies

We fully support the main aim of the European Parliament to achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement. Therefore, we have been working for a just transition towards a sustainable economy, where mainly renewable projects would be financed from European funds.

Environmental civil society organizations in our region

As a general priority, the Democratic Coalition strongly favours the inclusion of social partners, including civil society organisations, in the preparation of national plans for the use of EU development funds. Such planning must specifically include securing national co-financing resources to enable Hungarian stakeholders to take part in EU-wide support programmes. In the EP, we also consistently supported the earmarking of EU budget funds to environmental objectives. As regards opportunities for CSOs, the Hungarian government is not only disregarding their views, but is actively waging a war against all those organisations that do not belong to their political camp. We will continue our fight to protect the civil society against Orban’s regime.

The party’s main sustainability message

We promote a socially just transition towards a sustainable, low-carb economy in order to create a greener Europe for the next generations.

 

Candidate: Márton Gyöngyösi

Party: Movement for a Better Hungary (Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom)

Website: https://www.jobbik.hu/

 

 

 

Regulation of new pollutants

EU environmental regulations should ensure safe and healthy living conditions for people and for nature. We support the application of the precautionary principle and support regulations protecting people and the natural environment from threats posed by e.g. pesticides, microplastics and hormone-disrupting substances.

Sustainable agriculture

We support small-scale farming (small and medium farms, family farms), the diversity of agricultural production, sustainable agriculture in particular organic farming, the preservation of genetic resources, the use of traditional breeds and species and the promotion of short food supply chain. Direct payments should induce better environmental performance of agricultural production.

Fossil fuel subsidies

Renewable (geothermal, solar, wind) energy sources and methods should be supported instead of fossil fuel projects. The highest priority and support should be given to the research, development and application of renewables in EU financial mechanism (and governmental subsidies).

Environmental civil society organizations in our region

Financing rate of projects of civil society organizations should take into account their circumstances and provide higher financial rate than for projects of companies. Especially in countries like Hungary where environment became a non-priority for the current government.

The party’s main sustainability message

The development of the EU should turn to the path of sustainability taking into account the social, environmental and economic aspects in a balanced manner for the benefit of present and future generations, while respecting the carrying capacity of the ecosystems. Present leaders of the EU and EU member states as well as their citizens should be responsible for the the environment and well-being of future generations.

Candidate: Dr Tibor Szanyi

Position: MEP

Party: Hungarian Socialist Party Hungary

European Party Family: Party of European Socialists

Website: www.mszp.hu

 

Regulation of new pollutants

The Hungarian Socialist Party is fully supporting the “polluter pays principle”, which has been already articulated in many reports, opinions and amendments by its MEPs, such as in the work on the “Hungarian red mud catastrophe” by Tibor Szanyi during the 2014-2019 mandate. The Hungarian Socialist Party has always supported an even stricter regulation linked to dangerous pollutants and we will continue like this. Regulations, however must focus on prevention rather than on damage control. The dedication from the Hungarian Socialist Party for improving the environmental regulations will be maintained in the next mandate as well!

Sustainable agriculture

Hopefully every single person in the world would like to have a healthy, sustainable agriculture and food production. Similarly, the Hungarian Socialist Party is devoted to create a sustainable agriculture, therefore MEP Tibor Szanyi, Member of the European Parliament launched successfully the “SMART, Eco, Social Villages” pilot project and created the “Smart Villages concept” from the EP side, which became a cross-sectoral and cross party movement in the EU and beyond. This concept includes the agriculture as well, providing real answers to the ecological challenges. Precision agriculture and agricultural innovation are key elements in our future vision. We promote the ideas incorporated in the well advancing smart villages’ approach thus enabling rural societies to benefit from the power of digital revolution.

Also, the Hungarian Socialist Party is convinced that the promotion of environmental measures is an efficient tool in the toolbox of the direct payment system.

Fossil fuel subsidies

The Hungarian Socialist Party is not supporting the financing of fossil fuels from EU money or any other sources. We are committed to get rid of fossil energy as soon as possible, the support should be provided only for finding alternatives. The renewable energies have always had a priority in energy related questions, please see for example the activity of MEP Tibor Szanyi in the 2014-2019 mandate (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/124703/TIBOR_SZANYI/home). Also, the diversified- and renewable energy production is one of the building block of the Smart Villages concept, which initiative has been initiated by MEP Tibor Szanyi in the EP!

Environmental civil society organizations in our region

A better co-financing rate is needed for the LIFE programme, not only for the civil society, but for the businesses as well. Civil society is a very useful player in matching our targets, especially in terms of awareness raising. In case of Hungary, the civil organizations are under heavy pressure by the Government, namely their financial support is practically blocked.

Of course, to be successful, this rate should be equally secured not only in the Central and Eastern Europe, but all over Europe as well.

The party’s main sustainability message

[English]

Our most important key message is that the costs of saving the planet should not be put on the workers or citizens shoulder, but companies, in particular the international giants must contribute most. Further that, it has to be noted that the environmental issues have always been key issues for the Hungarian Socialist Party. Therefore, even with limited number of MEPs (2), the ENVI Committee was covered by Hungarian Socialist Party during 2014-2019 (MEP Tibor Szanyi). One of the core points of our EP elections program 2019 is focusing on the environmental challenges (https://mszp.hu/hir/haza._szeretet._europa_20190329). Please see the "CLIMATE POLITICS - INVESTMENT INTO THE FUTURE" chapter under the heading "II. Social Europe: our Europe".

[Hungarian]

(„Európa egyik legnagyobb kihívása továbbra is az éghajlatváltozás elleni küzdelem, amelyre az utóbbi válságokkal teletűzdelt időszakban aggasztóan kevés figyelem jutott. A riasztó előrejelzések és az egyre gyakoribb, az éghajlatváltozással is összefüggésbe hozható szélsőséges időjárási jelenségek ellenére az emberiség gyakorlatilag tétlenül szemléli a folyamatot. Az Európai Unió a világ egyetlen jelentősebb gazdasági térsége, amely számszerűsített módon vállalta az üvegházhatású gázok kibocsátásának csökkentését. 2020-ig 20 százalékkal az 1990-es szinthez képest. A 2030-ra szóló keretrendszerben már 40 százalék ez a vállalás. Egyes kelet-európai kormányok szerint ez túl sok; szerintük az európai gazdaság szénmentesítése nehezen vállalható extra költségeket okoz, és csökkenti gazdaságuk versenyképességét. Ezt a vonalat erősíti Trump amerikai elnök is, aki a klímaváltozást bulvárkacsának tartja.

A párizsi klíma-megállapodás értelmében – amelyből az USA kivonult – az újonnan elfogadandó hétéves pénzügyi keret először 25, majd 30 százalékát az éghajlatváltozás elleni harc és a klímacélok elérésének szolgálatába kell állítani. Az EU keretrendszerének célkitűzése szerint az Unión belüli teljes energia-fogyasztás 20 százalékát 2020-ig megújuló forrásokból kell előállítani. Ezt, az EU egészére vonatkozó célt egy jogszabály a nemzeti lehetőségek figyelembe vételével bontja le az egyes tagállamokra. Magyarországnak 13 százalékos arányt kell elérnie. A kötelező célszám jelentős lökést adott a megújuló források terjedésének. Kétségtelen ugyanakkor, hogy hatékonyabb, a teljesítés hiányát valós szankciókkal sújtó rendszerre van szükség.

Ha igaz lenne az állítás, hogy a Fidesznek valóban „Magyarország az első”, akkor fontos lenne számukra a fenntarthatóság, az európaiak és benne a magyarok jövője. A kormánypártok európai parlamenti képviselői azonban a legutóbbi, az egyszer használatos műanyag eszközök betiltásáról szóló EP-i szavazás során, amely a környezetvédelem és a fenntarthatóság szempontjából is fontos történelmi lépés, tartózkodtak. Ez a konkrét eset világosan bizonyítja valós hozzáállásukat a kérdéshez.”)

 

Candidate: Katalin Cseh

Party: Momentum Movement (MoMo)

Website: https://momentum.hu/

 

 

Regulation of new pollutants

We would support regulations if they are based on thorough and independent scientific examination.

Sustainable agriculture

Momentum believes that the future of Europe is sustainable development. This is especially key for agriculture, where we need to prepare for the challenges of a changing climate while simultaneously combat these changes. For agriculture this means focusing on the food security of Europe, the social and economic impact of EU agricultural policies, and protecting the environment.

Momentum is determined to support small and medium farms, and pledged in our 2018 manifesto to promote irrigation of these for drought susceptible areas, and to provide financial incentives to the development of local co-operatives. We are strong supporters of local procurement in hospitals, schools and other public institutes.
The protection of our environment, biodiversity and the ecosystem is another key pledge in our manifesto. This should be promoted by a range of tools, from financial incentives through education to legislative approaches. Direct payments in agriculture should be strictly linked to environmental performance. We also support all reasonable approaches to reduce pesticide, herbicide (e.g.: neonicotinoids) and antibiotics use in the agricultural sector. Legislation should take into account food security, human health (e.g.: the spread of antibiotic resistance due to overuse) and the environment (e.g.: decline in pollinators). As a key pledge to combat the latter, Momentum will be aiming to promote stronger EU-wide pollinator rescue programmes, and to expand the existing EU pollinators initiative.

Fossil fuel subsidies

We strongly disagree with this. As we have already declared in our election program last year, Momentum Movement is committed for a radical shift towards renewable energy, and thus we are against any financing means, which motivate energy market players to a different direction.

Environmental civil society organizations in our region

Momentum Movement is committed to promoting actions tackling environmental issues, thus we believe, related projects are important to support. However, civil organizations in Hungary don't get enough financial support neither from the government, nor from private sources. Consequently, we are ready to speak up for higher financing rates in the next LIFE program.

The party’s main sustainability message

We are in the last minute to save the Earth in its current form, and any action is possible only through wide coordination. That's why Momentum Movement is fully committed to cooperate with its European partners to take the necessary steps for sustainability (eg. as our European party, ALDE was a leader in banning single-use plastics in the EU), contrary to Fidesz, which works against close European cooperation, except when they have to support the big German car manufacturers' lobby in avoiding strict emission regulations.