It's the politicians' fault that citizens don't know what free trade deals are about
In Jobbik MP Tibor Bana's view, even though there is a growing resistance against the negotiations on the free trade deals, it's the politicians' fault that people are still underinformed about these discussions.
On Tuesday, the Hungarian Parliament held a debate on the government's position regarding the EU-Canada free trade agreement. The text of the agreement has been finalized, so the contract is ready for ratification.
Tuesday's debate clearly revealed that the Orbán administration considered the agreement good for Hungary and believed that the government should sign it. The subsequent ratification process would give us plenty of time to bother with the details, they said.
“It is not Hungary's interest to halt the process at this point,” Fidesz MPs stated. In his lead speech, Jobbik MP Tibor Bana warned that the Commission was not interested in the citizens' opinion as Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström believed that people who did not take to the streets to actively demonstrate against the deal actually supported free trade.
"This kind of thinking, which is reminiscent of the ideas voiced by former Hungary PM Ferenc Gyurcsány, might be based on the fact that few people know what these negotiations are really about and this is the politicians' fault," emphasized Mr. Bana.
He also reminded the Parliament that over a hundred Hungarian NGOs asked Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó in their open letter to stand for the Hungarian interests and abandon the negotiations. Mr. Bana added that Jobbik also urged the government to freeze the negotiations.