The ruling Fidesz party will set up a working group to monitor whether the government-decreed 10 percent cuts in retail gas, electricity and district heating prices are implemented by utility companies, parliamentary group leader Antal Rogan told a news conference on Wednesday.
Should the group find any service provider “tricking” customers, its leader, Fidesz MP Szilard Nemeth, will be entitled to initiate an amendment of the related rules, he said.
Janos Lazar, the head of the Prime Ministers’ Office who announced the cuts on December 6, said the reduction was expected to result in annual household savings in the region of 100,000 forints (EUR 350).
The opposition Socialists welcomed the government’s decision but said that it would only slightly ease the bread-and-butter worries of Hungarian families.
Deputy parliamentary leader Istvan Jozsa called the measure belated and unjust as it relieved low-income consumers of a much lesser burden than high-income households.
The radical nationalist Jobbik said that the cuts would be totally counter-balanced by inflation.
Hungarians still pay 30 to 40 percent more for public utilities than justified, MP Daniel Z Karpat said, laying the blame on ill-conceived privatisation and giant foreign companies that had generated hundreds of billion forints in extra profit.
The small green LMP blamed Prime Minister Viktor Orban for having rejected energy-efficiency investment projects, which the party considers the best tool for reducing public utilities costs.