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Fidesz MEP calls for ‘abandoning course ruining European industry’

Fidesz MEP Andras Gyurk on Monday called on the European Union to "abandon the course leading to the ruin of European industry", at a plenary session of the European Parliament.

At the debate on setting up the Strategic Technologies for Europe Platform (STEP), Gyurk said STEP wouldn’t solve the crisis caused by the EU’s “failed industrial strategy and irresponsible budgetary policy”. The Fidesz delegation did not support the initiative, he said.

Industrial performance fell by 5 percent in the past year, “competitiveness is in ruins, and forecasts suggest stagnation and recession,” Gyurk said. The responsibility for the situation lies mainly with the European Commission, he said. “What we now see is the result of an industrial policy of sanctions, unrealistic green goals and increasing bureaucracy,” he said.

STEP is an attempt to continue on that failed road, he said. “A real solution of the problem requires a change in Brussels. Let us hope that happens next June the latest,” he said, referring to the European parliamentary elections.

Fidesz MEP Andor Deli said: “It is now clear that the EU’s budget is in a worrying state. To maintain its liquidity, the EU is now requiring further payments from member states, and continues to withhold Hungarians’ money to exert pressure.”

The European Commission should “return to a policy based on mutual respect to find a solution regarding the EU budget in the coming weeks,” he added.

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