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Nationalist party against environment ministry merger

Elections 2010Posted by administrator Wed, May 05, 2010 12:33:41
The radical nationalist Jobbik party regrets that the environment will not have a portfolio of its own in Hungary's new government, Tamas Hegedus, the party's designated deputy parliamentary leader, told reporters on Tuesday.

Speaking in front of the environment ministry building, Hegedus said that though Hungarian governments in the past twenty years "had made many mistakes in their environment policies", the independent portfolio had been a symbol of the importance of environment and nature protection.

Zoltan Illes, who will be in charge of green affairs as state secretary at a new super-ministry incorporating agriculture, rural development, water management and environmental protection, dismissed criticism of the new structure. He said that the new setup would "appreciate not devalue" environment policy, adding that the new ministry would work more efficiently.

Prime Minister-designate Viktor Orban unveiled the structure of his government on Monday. Outgoing Environment Minister Imre Szabo also protested that his portfolio would be deprived of its independence. (Politics)

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