Finance Minister Mihaly Varga – Photo: MTI

Finance minister: Support for religious life, national cohesion priority

Due to its economic achievements over the past ten years, Hungary has sufficient resources for supporting families, religious life and economic development, Finance Minister Mihaly Varga said at the consecration of a new Reformed church in Panet (Mezopanit), in central Romania, this weekend.

The Hungarian government has contributed over 350 million forints (EUR 1m) to the costs of construction, the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

The minister confirmed the government’s commitment to national cohesion, the prosperity of Hungary’s residents and their ethnic kin abroad, and preserving the Christian roots, culture and values of Europe.

For this reason, the government has promoted the economic prosperity of ethnic Hungarians abroad for several years, the minister said, citing Hungarian support for the Transylvanian economic development programme launched in 2017.

Varga noted that the government had part-financed the renovation of 3,000 churches and the construction of nearly 150 churches in Hungary and the neighbouring countries since 2010.

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