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Marko Bela denies autonomy deal with PDL over austerity measures

The UDMR leader and deputy PM claims his party backs cuts in public wages and pensions only for six months and assures the austerity plan is ‘temporary’.

Marko Bela told a TV show on Antena3 on Tuesday night that he is not happy with the way in which coalition partners are doing their job. He criticised Democrat Liberal ministers for postponing the measures aimed to cut public spending and restructuring of their own staff. The deputy PM warned that UDMR won’t accept additional painful measures for the most vulnerable social categories and urged the members of the cabinet to stop finding excuses for their passivity and start reforming the public administration. He praised his fellow minister Cseke Attila who started decentralisation of the health system, even if he admits that this might be subject to some controversies.


The deputy PM criticised Economy Minister Adrian Videanu for having announced the doubling of utilities as of January 1, 2011, saying that the minister did not have any prior consultations with the cabinet on the matter. He said that Videanu should not scare the public with such statements and should rather seek to implement the proper measures that would avoid such hikes.


Marko denied that UDMR struck a deal with PDL for backing the austerity measures. Though he admitted that the Union seeks autonomy for a region largely inhabited by Hungarians, Marko hinted that this is an objective that requires a longer period of time. Asked by the TV anchor what sort of autonomy UDMR wants, the Magyar leader said that political autonomy is out of question. He also admitted that UDMR wants Hungarian to become official language but only in Magyar majority regions. Marko further denied that UDMR got from PDL the guarantee that their MPs will back the geography and history in Hungarian during the vote at the new controversial education law.

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