Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that protecting Hungarian economic achievements would be the topmost task in 2020, adding that it would be an uphill struggle to sustain economic growth with the euro zone in turmoil.
The government’s economic action plan for the first quarter of 2020 “hopefully will be based on tax cuts”, Orbán said in an interview to public broadcaster Kossuth Radio. Whether Hungary and central Europe are able to stand on their own feet and outperform richer countries will transpire next year, he said, adding that Hungary’s economic successes of recent years had been thanks to tax cuts, helping the country boost production and its competitiveness while wages also grew exponentially. Orbán said Hungary’s economic achievements belonged to the entire region’s Hungarian community too. He accused some opposition parties of standing against cross-border Hungarian communities. Meanwhile, Orbán said that gaining the European Commission’s enlargement and neighbourhood post was Hungary’s “biggest diplomatic success of the past ten years”. Over the past decade Hungary has never managed to attain comparable influence in the EU, and the post would be “the most important” of the next five years, he said.