Climate protection, Orbán said, "is not a matter of party affiliation or ideology" and "empty, political slogans will do more harm than good".

He also spoke about the government's family policy, saying the family protection action plan offers "unprecedented support to Hungarians, an opportunity to plan for their future". Support for families was crucial for a nation's survival, and "if a nation is unable to sustain itself biologically, it will not be capable of preserving its cultural and spiritual community either, and will disappear".

Orbán said the government's programmes have helped some 500,000 people to own a home, and Hungarian families had been able to save a total of 2250 billion forints through support schemes between 2011 and 2019.

Hungary had "Europe's most comprehensive family support system" including a proportionate income tax, extensive home buying plans, incentives for young mothers to take up employment, and programmes to build kindergartens and crèches. The economy was on an upswing but "this level is not enough to take further family protection measures".

Orbán said 2020 would be a difficult year for Europe. Brussels had made "two grave mistakes: it allowed migrants in and mismanaged Europe's economic policy". He argued that the EU's competitiveness continued to deteriorate and the eurozone's performance is worsening.

Meanwhile, central Europe had become the "engine" behind the community's economic growth. Hungary needed to protect its achievements and would require "a comprehensive economy protection action plan". The national economy needed "skills, technology and industries which can ensure not only jobs but high profits in the long run". He mentioned the car manufacturing sector, with special regard to electric vehicles.

Concerning migration, Orbán said it would "remain the most important issue for Europe" for the coming decades and determine Europe's policies and interstate relations. In Western countries, "which allowed migrants to enter, the Muslim population has grown every year, while there are fewer Christians" and "there is no will" to stop that tendency.

"Migrant countries will not accept that Hungary refuses to follow suit and they exert an increasing pressure," he said. He cautioned that a "naturally fluctuating" migration pressure was again on the increase. If Hungary had not built its border fence "the country would again be flooded by masses of migrants". "Meanwhile, Brussels persistently attacks Hungary's border protection rules and does not send a cent" to contribute to Hungary's border protection costs.

"Brussels targets states that are against migration and which rejected the migrant distribution quota scheme," Orbán said. Hungary wanted to stay a nation state with a Christian culture as opposed to the "Soros network's" efforts to "make Europe a continent of a mixed culture, possibly through eliminating nation states. They believe in the strength of their jaw and we believe that they will shatter their teeth."

Concerning the new European Commission, Orbán said his government would support and cooperate with Europe's institutions, but "Hungary comes first, therefore we will not be deterred from debates".

Answering a question about the government's fight against poverty, he said the number of people living in deep poverty had decreased to one third since 2010. "There are still several hundreds of thousands of them but I can already see to improve their situation step by step."


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