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On the topic of climate change, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, noted Hungary’s commitment to keeping to its 2030 carbon emission reduction target. Asked about climate protection, Gulyás insisted that targets set in the Paris climate agreement could not be met “without Hungary’s Paks nuclear power plant”.
Asked about ruling Fidesz’s future membership of the European People’s Party (EPP), Gulyás said “it is not Fidesz, but the EPP that is in trouble”. “The EPP must decide whether or not it wants Fidesz’s help,” he said.
Asked about the government’s proposed changes to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Gulyás said it had nothing to do with academic freedom, but concerned the network of research institutions. “The aim is to make research and development more effective using more resources.”