March 17th, 2017

Economy minister discusses EU pillar of social rights with employment commissioner

The Hungarian government and the European Commission disagree on planned changes to social rights in the European Union, Economy Minister Mihály Varga said on Thursday after talks with Marianne Thyssen, the EU commissioner for employment and social affairs, in Budapest. “Hungary believes the formulation, organisation, implementation and financing of policies should remain a national competence”, Varga told a press conference he held jointly with Thyssen.

The minister said Hungary and most other countries in the region “had to take big steps that improve competitiveness” in order to be able to “adopt social systems similar to the ones applied in western Europe”. Varga said a government resolution on transforming the fostered work programme would be published in days. The government wants to reduce the number of fostered workers in future, but will still stick to its policy of work instead of welfare when it comes to Hungarians who don’t have a chance of joining the primary labour market, he added.

Thyssen said the EC would unveil its reference framework for the formulation of the pillar of social rights on April 28. This is not a legislative move, she said, adding that the commission had no intention of taking away national competences from member states. The EC respects the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality and considers it important that the social framework should not harm competitiveness, she insisted. Regarding employment, Thyssen conceded that the EC had earlier been critical of Hungary’s fostered workers programme, but now acknowledged the authorities’ efforts to redirect participants to the primary labour market.

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  • Culturally Homogeneous Hungary

    Nice try Soros! Hungary does not need your “soros rights”!

    • Polle

      You are just a little East European pussy living on aids from the West.
      The flow of money from EU to East Europe should be stopped.

      • Culturally Homogeneous Hungary

        Hungary is the EU so your sentence is stupid, like you.

        • Polle

          Hungary is not the EU and should be thrown out of EU ASAP. Hungary is only in EU to suck money out.
          You are just an uncivilized little East European pussy.

          • Culturally Homogeneous Hungary

            Hungary is a member of the EU, and is receiving EU funds like every other member.

            Overall, the balance favors the EU and western european companies, at the expense of Hungary and Hungarian economy.

          • Polle

            Hungary is one of the biigest net recipients of money from EU and contributes nothing but trouble.
            Hungary has to leave EU and should be stopped from sucking out money from the civilized part of EU.

          • Culturally Homogeneous Hungary

            Looks like we found another fascist who is frustrated that Hungary is a sovereign state. We are not sucking anything out of the EU, we defending it.

          • Polle

            I am not frustrated that Hungary is a sovereign state, that is how it should be, I just want Hungary and the other East European countries to leave EU, because they don’t belong there. East European culture and values are too different from those in the West.
            You can create your own union with other developing countries with shared values.

          • National Hiphop

            Pöri, my little idiot, you off all people have no business calling anyone a fascist!

          • Culturally Homogeneous Hungary

            Illiberalism is still liberalism , while you are a 100% EUfascist.

          • National Hiphop

            For your information, illiberalism means the lack of liberalism. Seriously, Mr. Kubatov should at least give you some basic training because giving your trolling orders.

          • wolfi

            Illiberalism is still liberalism
            Hey, are you a fan of Orwell?

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