Antal Rogán told a press conference ahead of the 19th annual Civic Picnic in Kötcse, in southwestern Hungary, that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán address to the event would focus on Hungary’s achievement and protection of its independence and the need to strengthen it in the coming years. This requires a strong and successful economy, which is achieved through a sovereign and independent economic policy like the one the government has been pursuing in recent years, he said. Not only has Hungary had an outstanding economic growth rate in recent years, it has been one of the fastest growing countries in the EU, and specifically central Europe, Rogán said. The edge Hungary has over its central and eastern European peers right now in terms of growth is the result of the government’s economic policy and economy protection action plan, he added. In the coming years, the government will focus all its resources on creating a strong economy, the cabinet chief said, emphasising that this was crucial for supporting families and maintaining the stability of the value of pensions. Asked about the upcoming local elections, Rogán said they would be about the suitability of the candidates rather than politics or ideology.