In his keynote speech to the second day of the conference Gulyás said Republicans were “significantly closer” to the government’s approach because “the Western European Christian Democratic Right has accepted that directions are set out by the Left, most recently by the Greens, and they are trying to abide by those laws”. It is easy to offer an alternative, though, he said, and mentioned the Hungarian constitution as an example, which stipulates that “a father shall be a man, and a mother a woman”.
Hungary now has “clear and fundamental rules” such as promoting economic competitiveness and “offering everyone an opportunity to work”, he said. In 2010, the government abolished a system of benefits which “looked communist, especially from the US” and launched public works schemes. As a result of government measures an unemployment rate of 12% has now been reduced to 3.5%, with one million more people working now than a decade ago, he insisted.