The president of the organising Hungarian Socialist Party, Bertalan Tóth, socialist MP Attila Mesterházy
and Budapest’s opposition mayoral candidate Gergely Karácsony held an impromptu press conference in
front of the embassy.
Attila Mesterházy said they seized this opportunity to inform the Finnish Prime Minister, who also holds
the current EU Presidency, of Hungary’s affairs at present.
President of MSZP Bertalan Tóth, addressed Rinne as the president of MSZP Finnish sister party. He
explained that the Finnish Social Democrats and MSZP are both members of the Party of European
Socialists and have long been in close contact with each other.
"The purpose of the meeting was to introduce, in my capacity as an opposition party leader, the
opposition mayoral candidate of Budapest Gergely Karácsony to the president of our sister party, the
Finnish Prime Minister. Karácsony symbolizes the opposition alliance that we have created for the local
government electionsquot; He added that his party had worked a lot on the formation of this alliance,
creating the chance for quot;Fidesz overlords" to be replaced in the capital and elsewhere in the country so
that green and democratic towns of solidarity could be created.
As regards the reception, Bertalan Tóth said that his Finnish party president colleague wished the
Hungarian sister party success in the election campaign and also in their struggles for the restoration of
the rule of law in Hungary.
"We have a lot of respect for Finnish democracy and the northern economic and social model that
Finland represents," emphasized Gergely Karácsony. He highlighted Finnish healthcare and education
that are highly appreciated by Hungarians.
During his introduction, Karácsony stressed that the opposition alliance wants to keep Hungary and
Hungarian settlements in the European Union. They also outlined their joint proposal that "(...) the EU
should open up resources directly to the municipalities that are able to meet the guarantees that the EU
rightfully requires of the Member States. Cities and towns that will be run by opposition mayors after 13
October, including Budapest, will pass the test when it comes to the rule of law."
The Budapest opposition mayoral candidate said the Finnish prime minister took their proposal seriously
and they were confident that the next EU budget cycle will see an increase in funding coming directly
from Brussels without the involvement of the government.