The leftist Democratic Coalition (DK) party will file a complaint on charges of fraud with the police against Prime Minister Viktor Orbán because the government said it did not plan to set up individual pension accounts, a promise it had given to citizens who moved their savings to state-owned providers in 2010.
Klára Dobrev, the top candidate on DK’s European parliamentary election list, said that the government had “cajoled and blackmailed” millions into moving their savings from private providers to state-owned ones in 2010. The government then promised to set up an individual pensions account system to enable citizens to trace their own savings. Gergely Gulyás, head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said last Thursday that the government had no plans to set that system up in the current government term. Dobrev said Gulyás’s statement meant the government had no intention to fulfil that promise and called on the government to compensate people whose “savings got lost in the state-owned system”.
Commenting on DK’s announcement, ruling Fidesz said that “it was the government of [now DK head] Ferenc Gyurcsány and Gordon Bajnai that took a month’s pension from the elderly”. “Those governments ruined the country so that at the end of their tenure, even the payout of pensions was under threat,” Fidesz press chief Balázs Hidvéghi said at a press conference on a different subject.