In a video posted on his Facebook account, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán greeted Hungarian pensioners on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons on Sunday.
He recalled that in 2010 they had agreed with pensioners that the national government would preserve the value of pensions. At the same time, they guaranteed that what had happened during the Gyurcsány era – when a month’s pension was taken away from pensioners – would never happen again.
Therefore, we have preserved the value of pensions each year, and whenever the country was doing well, we even managed to pay a pension premium, he said, adding that they managed to honour this undertaking of the government even during the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine currently under way.
He said they would like a country where “we laugh together and cry together.” The Prime Minister said this year inflation had proved to be higher than expected, and so they were only able to preserve the value of pensions by paying a pension supplement. Therefore, in November, the postman will deliver almost half a month’s pension more on average, the Prime Minister said, outlining details of the government’s Wednesday decision.
“Fair settlement, long-lasting friendship, pensioners can count on us,” he said.