The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has called on the government to adjust pensions not only to inflation but also to wage increase. DK group spokesman Zsolt Gréczy told a press conference that nearly 18,000 Hungarians were receiving a monthly pension of less than 28,500 forints (EUR 88) and another nearly 30,000 people less than 50,000 forints. At the same time, there are nine pensioners in Hungary who receive over 2 million forints a month, showing that just like the country, the community of pensioners has also become divided into many poor and a few well-off people. When Prime Minister Viktor Orbán talks about protecting the value of pensions, “what he really means by that is freezing them at a miserable level,” Gréczy said.
DK promotes the plan for a united states of Europe where minimum pensions are guaranteed, and signed a letter of intent on cooperation with the National Pensioner Parliament to restore the mixed indexing of pensions, he said. The current minimum pension of 28,500 forints a month is unacceptable and must be increased at least three or four-folds, he added.
Ruling Fidesz said in response that it was DK leader and former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány and his government that “made pensioners’ life miserable” and took away a month’s pension from people. While in government “Gyurcsány and his people” let pensions lose their value and introduced a series of utility price increases and austerity measures, the statement said. Since Fidesz came to power, the government has guaranteed the value of pensions by adjusting them to the annual inflation rate and even granting pension bonuses in line with GDP growth, it added.