Viktor Orbán announces food price freeze in Hungary

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O primeiro-ministro da Hungria, Viktor Orbán, participa da cúpula da União Europeia, Bruxelas, Bélgica, 21 de outubro

Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orbán attends European Union summit, Brussels, Belgium, 21 of October| Photo: EFE/EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET / POOL

The government of Hungary has decided to freeze the prices of six staple foods from February 1, as a measure to combat inflation, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced on Wednesday.

Sugar, wheat flour, sunflower oil, pork shank, chicken breast and whole milk will have to be sold for the same price as they cost in 10 of October . The establishments will have to reduce the prices of these items to reach these values.

In a video released by social networks, the Hungarian prime minister recalled that there is a rise in prices throughout Europe due to the rise in fuel prices, and said that his decision will protect families.

“In addition to protecting families, the government has also succeeded in curbing gasoline prices, introduced a cut in mortgage interest rates, and Hungarian families have access to fixed-price energy thanks to a policy to reduce expenses in general”, said Orbán.

The opposition reacted to the announcement, describing the intervention as an “admission that the Hungarian economy is in a tragic state”.

Members of the opposition alliance “Hungary belongs to everyone”, formed by seven parties, posted the same message on your social networks:

“The government needs to leave. They are just now starting to address food prices, in the latest weeks of his rule of years with a two-thirds majority. Instead of a responsible economic policy, the rampant price increase is being fought with official prices, which amounts to a confession”, says the opposition alliance, promising to reduce the value added tax on food to 5%.

Elections in three months

On Monday (), Hungarian President János Áder has set the country’s elections for April 3, with a referendum proposed by Viktor Orbán’s party, Fidesz, on LGBTQ issues for the same date .

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