We shall not only continue the red-green alliance during the campaign, but also in the European Parliamentary work over the next five years,” announced István Ujhelyi at a press conference in Budapest. The MSZP MEP has pledged in front of cameras to strengthen cooperation with their ally: Benedek Jávor, the flag-bearer of green affairs, may need partners who represent the environment and the affairs of Hungarians in another faction, among Social Democrats. "The red-green alliance is the one that may answer the most important questions, green affairs and the representation of Hungarians in the European Parliament," Ujhelyi explained.
He reminded his audience that Viktor Orbán had been drifting away from the faction in the past few weeks in which he had the chance to represent Hungarian interests. He will now sit in the anti-Europe faction, where his ability to enforce interest shall be reduced to zero. "But we in the Green and Social Democrats faction will have the chance to be rock solid and firm advocates for Hungarians," he noted. Ujhelyi officially announced that they would also pass on the green affairs undertaken for the benefit of Hungarians to the top candidate for the European Socialists, Frans Timmermans.
Benedek Jávor quoted the opinion of László Kövér: According to the Speaker of Parliament, the brainwash of the media is responsible for the majority of people considering climate change and the environmental crisis as the most important problem affecting them and their descendants, as well as European countries. The MEP of Dialogue sees this as evidence that Fidesz politicians have already broken away from reality; they are preoccupied with conspiracy theories instead of real problems. In addition to climate change, this is, in fact, air pollution, causing 400,000 deaths in Europe and 16,000 in Hungary each year. "We think the lives of 16,000 people are not a media conspiracy, but a problem that anyone should must care about, who takes the life and interest of Hungarian people even a tad seriously." Where they take this matter seriously, he added, is Brussels, because the EU has been pursuing infringement proceedings against Hungary for ten years because it does nothing to improve air quality, although EU funds are available for tackling the matter, warned Jávor. If you spend € 4-6 billion on this issue at the European level, you could save € 100 billion in health care costs.
Budapest mayor candidate of MSZP-Dialogue Gergely Karácsony stressed that Budapest is one of the worst-aired cities on the continent, but István Tarlós has done nothing to improve air quality over the past 9 years. He referred to last week's measurements in the capital in front of primary schools carried out by Greenpeace, which show worse results than the Budapest average. As mayor, his most important task will be to reduce air pollution, which will be implemented by increasing green surfaces, displacing old diesel cars from the city center, and through a support program for changing doors and windows.