A record breaking number of Hungarians expressed their will to defend “the European Union of the founding fathers” in the country’s latest national consultation.
In his speech closing the national consultation on Europe, Prime Minister Orbán emphasized that Hungarians defended the competency distribution between the Member States and the European Union as “specified in the original treaties, in the accession documents. Hungary defends the current European acquis: it does not want to destroy them, it does not want to give them up, and it does not want to put them at risk. As we can read on the posters: Hungary is a strong and proud European country, which stands by its opinion and interests.” PM Orbán added the results show Hungarians wanting “the original European Union of the founding fathers.”
The national consultation survey completed on May 31 could be regarded as part of the debate over the future of the EU, Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office Csaba Dömötör emphasized. Hungary wants a strong Europe that respects nation states and builds on them, he added.
The survey saw 1,680,933 people take part in a country of 10 million. That is 400,000 more than the number of people that voted for left-wing parties and 700,000 more than the number of people that voted for radical nationalist Jobbik in the 2014 elections. The record breaking number shows that Hungarians are very active when it comes to discussing the future of the European Union in a democratic manner.