Péter Márki-Zay, the opposition alliance’s prime ministerial candidate, and Máté Kanász-Nagy, co-leader of opposition LMP, on Tuesday signed a joint statement on the pursuit of several green policy goals. LMP’s mission is to have as many of its green policies as possible recognised on the joint opposition election platform, Kanász-Nagy told a joint press conference. Those policies include the establishment of a sustainable way of life aimed at preserving the present quality of life, he said, arguing that “we are currently exhausting our future.” Another goal is to put Hungary on a path of sustainability, Kanász-Nagy said. He added that if the opposition alliance wins next year’s general election, the new government would commit to implementing the European Union’s strict climate policy goals and increasing the use of sustainable energy sources.
The policy goals also include the protection of green areas, waters and Hungary’s drinking water supply as well as the improvement of air quality, he said. Kanász-Nagy also promised to set up a separate ministry for green policy.
Márki-Zay, the mayor of Hódmezővásárhely, said the protection of the environment was in everyone’s interest. He said all of the opposition parties agreed on a “green minimum” which they considered their shared responsibility. “LMP and Párbeszéd devote special attention to green matters but the other parties and independents also want Hungary to be a sustainable and healthy place,” he said.