Gulyás said that after the EU’s next financial cycle, Hungary will “receive as much in community funding as it contributes”. Western European companies operating in Hungary, he added, earn profits equal to 7 percent of Hungary’s GDP, while EU subsidies account for less than 4 percent of GDP”. “Neither side has a moral basis to complain about a mutually beneficial situation,” he added.
Meanwhile, Gulyás said the upcoming European parliamentary elections would determine whether “MEPs with a Hungarian mandate do indeed represent Hungarians”. “Hungary has had strong representation in the EP through its Fidesz-Christian Democrat MEPs,” he said. “But Brussels also has had a strong representation in Hungary through opposition MEPs.”
Outlining the results of the government’s economic policies, he said economic growth last year of close to 5% was one of the strongest deliveries since the 1989-1990 change in political system and put Hungary among the top performers in Europe. Gulyás highlighted successful employment policies, noting that more than 800,000 people are working today compared with 2010.