Judit Varga – Photo: BZT / Nóra Halász

Justice minister: Hungary at forefront of climate protection legislation

Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Wednesday that Hungary is at the forefront of climate protection legislation, citing a report by the KPMG consulting firm coinciding with this week's United Nations COP26 summit in Glasgow.

“It could not be more timely to mention a KPMG report that examines and ranks countries’ efforts in climate protection,” Varga said in an English-language post on Facebook. She noted that according to the report’s Net Zero Index compiled on the basis of more than 100 indicators Hungary ranks 13th globally in terms of measures taken to cut CO2 emissions. Varga highlighted that in terms of legislative measures, Hungary is the fifth country achieving the highest score.

“Hungary was among the first states to convert the commitment to become a climate-neutral country by 2050 into law. Moreover, the government has also taken several other measures, thereby using incentives such as direct resources and tax breaks,” the minister said.

She said that “they may be in trouble now on the left-liberal side, as another independent study refutes their continuous hysteria”.

Varga said the government’s climate policy is standing its course and has been recognised by a growing number of countries in the world.

“Let this serve as proof that the Hungarian conservative green politics is effective and successful! We will continue to work and protect our home!”, the justice minister said.

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