Hungarian State Secretary Reflects on Virus Response

Zoltán Kovács, state secretary for international communication and relations, stated in an interview published by Newsweek that he things Hungary and the other V4 countries have done a good job handling the first wave of the virus, and that he expects the second wave to be different. He said he is impressed both with the handling of the health and the financial aspects of the pandemic, and he said the government’s goal is to “protect, save, and create as many jobs as possible.” He partially attributes the success to the fact that the pandemic started when the parliament was in session. To illustrate the economic success, he cited the fact that there were more jobs in August than January. Going forward, he says Hungary will focus on information technology and renewable energy. He thinks they are doing well against their environmental targets and plans on focusing on energy infrastructure.



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