Ministries so far dismissed 749 govt officials without explanation – paper

Budapest, June 24 (MTI) – Hungarian ministries fired 749 government officials without an explanation between July 6 in 2010 and May 31 this year, Nepszabadsag daily said on Friday, quoting figures from the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice.  

Some 11 percent of ministry employees have been laid off without an explanation, or 5 percent of all government officials including those who worked at supporting institutions, said the paper.


Calculations by the paper show that based on the figure of 65,000 civil servants classified as government officials in Hungary, some 3,200 have been laid off without an explanation.


The ministry told the paper that in several cases entire departments were eliminated for being unnecessary in the new government structure and new people have not been employed in their places. However, the paper said it had information about at least one office where first nearly 120 people were fired and later more than 170 newly employed.


Chairman of the trade union of civil servants Janos Arva told the paper that they have information about some 5,000 government officials who have been laid off without an explanation.


Parliament decided in May that civil servants and government officials cannot be fired from June without an explanation but loss of trust and unworthiness can be accepted as reasons for dismissal.


MPs of the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democratic alliance voted in support of an amendment to the law on civil servants and government officials. The amendment was prompted by a Constitutional Court decision which said that it was unconstitutional to dismiss civil servants and government officials without an explanation.

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