Hungary and the Visegrad Group countries will veto a new tax Brussels plans to introduce “under the guise of fighting climate change”, the communications director of ruling Fidesz said over the weekend.
Europe is suffering from a “public utility crisis” for which Brussels clearly bears responsibility, István Hollik said in a video. He said that under the guise of climate protection, Brussels had been making efforts to decrease traditional energy production while liberalising gas and electricity markets without a transition period. “This has made European people and companies completely defenceless against energy suppliers,” he said. “And now they are saying that nothing can be done against high prices.”
Electricity price hikes are currently disguised as climate protection in Brussels and the European Union’s emissions trading system is planned to be expanded to public road transport, including cars, and buildings, including family homes, he added.
“They talk about climate protection when they are introducing a new tax which will cost Hungarians a monthly 32,000 forints (EUR 90),” Hollik said. “The costs of climate protection should be borne by multinational corporations doing the damage rather than the European and Hungarian people,” he added.