Hungary: 200,000 responses to ‘concealed’ consultation on climate action

The Hungarian government has said “every opinion counts” after fast action by environmental campaigners and local media reports saw it swamped with over 200,000 responses to a low-key consultation on its long-term climate and energy strategy.

The innovation and technology ministry posted a link to the one-week consultation on its website on 18 November, with the eight-question feedback form beginning: “Do you agree that climate change is affected by your personal choices and consumption habits?”

Local media were alerted to the consultation four days later via the website – meaning ‘one point five degrees’ and run by a group of Hungarian meteorologists – which described the survey as “methodologically flawed” and published advice on how to respond.

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