Hungary has provided the most successful response to the coronavirus epidemic in Europe

According to FM Péter Szijjártó, Hungary was able to provide people with jobs instead of aid during COVID-19.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó emphasized at the handover of the support document for 1. Magyar Cukor Manufaktúra Kft. in Kaposvár on Monday that 40,000 more people work today than in the same period of 2020.

The pandemic put Hungary to an extraordinary test. The task of the government was, and still is, to save people’s lives, health and jobs, the minister said.

The government only introduced measures that took into account the interests of the nation and the economy, he said. He believed that if they had not done so and had instead given in to external and internal pressures, Hungary would have been in a much worse position, with thousands more killed, tens of thousands more infected and hundreds of thousands more losing their jobs.

He reported that the production value of the food industry increased 8 percent last year, approaching HUF 4 trillion. He added that most investments in Hungary were made in the food industry in 2020 — 163 developments costing HUF 88 billion.

The minister reported that 1. Magyar Cukor Manufaktúra Kft., which is engaged in the production and packaging of sugar products, will build a 2,400-square-meter new warehouse and factory this year. The government is supporting the HUF 370 million investment with HUF 180 million.

The owners have saved 60 jobs with the development while also providing storage capacity for 2,000 tons of raw materials and 1,500 pallets of finished goods, he said.

Szijjártó said that the government is currently supporting 34 investments in Somogy, with a total cost of HUF 13 billion, of which HUF 6 billion is covered by government funds; the projects saved 5,400 jobs.

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