This is an important date, which, of course, the Fidesz-government not only does not celebrate, but obviously, with its actions and crimes, spectacularly disregards everything about a democratic state, a democratic republic.
It is symbolic that this very day we are launching an online dialogue, a consultation which awaits voters' suggestions and opinions on the free use of EU funds.
One of the most important elements of true democracy is that free municipalities decide freely about the affairs of their own community and the development of their own environment. At present, the Government of Orange Rule distributes much of the available EU funds on the basis of an established system of loyal overlords and the greed of relatives.
Therefore, it is our priority to provide as much funding as possible in the next seven-year EU budget, which can be directly applied for by free local governments without government constraints. There is great potential for this, especially after our discussions with the current and future Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans made it clear that the rules will be changed to allow more EU funding to be applied for directly than at present.
So today, I launched an online questionnaire where anyone can suggest, or take an initiatives as to what direct EU funding should be spent on and how in their neighbourhood or settlement.
"What would you spend it on?" – We await Hungarian voters’ suggestions to this on the site ujhelyi.eu/forras, so that we can lobby for direct EU funding in the next period on the basis of the wish map that develops. As a Member of the European Parliament, I made a commitment to the opposition mayors and candidates building free cities that I would be an active and successful lobbyist for them in the European institutions. This is the first step of breaking down Orbán’s so-called National Cooperation System, which we are ready to take today, on the International Day of Democracy.
Following the Hungarian PM’s landmark speech in Tusványos in 2014, in which he proclaimed his desire to turn Hungary into an illiberal state, I pledged to draw the public’s attention to the transgressions of this regime in an open letter every week. This is the 261st time I ring the bells of alarm, as it still seems necessary. And also, because as a radical European Democrat, it is my duty to do so.
dr. István Ujhelyi
Member of the European Parliament