Lázár: Government plans to reorganize over 70 institutions


Photo: Károly Árvai/kormany.hu

Some 50,000 employees could be affected by the Hungarian government’s planned reorganization or phasing out of more than seventy state supported institutions and centrally financed agencies in “the spirit of reducing bureaucracy”, Cabinet Chief János Lázár said yesterday.

Government spokesperson Zoltán Kovács and Cabinet Chief János Lázár at yesterdayʼs press conference. (Photo: Károly Árvai/kormany.hu)

During his regular weekly press conference Lázár said the government is considering terminating some 72-73 institutions without providing a legal successor, the official website of the government kormany.hu reported.

In response to a query, Lázár said he was assigned with the task of compiling a list of the institutions, kormany.hu reported. Lázár said his ministry and other ministries will begin consultations on how these institutions could be reintegrated into the ministries, how to terminate outsourcing, and how to operate the system more simply and swiftly as well as more cost-effectively, kormany.hu reported.

The Hungarian government expects only the following institutions to remain as they are including the police and national defense forces, the National Tax and Customs Authority (NAV), the Klebelsberg Institution Maintenance Center, the State Health Care Center and the Directorate General for Social Services, kormany.hu reported.

According to a document acquired by Hungarian online daily vs.hu, the list of institutions involved in the reorganization could include Hungary’s Meteorology Service (OMSZ), the National Health Insurance Fund of Hungary (OEP), the Central Administration of National Pension Insurance (ONYF), the National Communications Office, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, the Türr István Training and Research Institute (TKKI) as well as the National Public Health and Medical Officer Service (ANTSZ).

Lázár reportedly said that the goal is to transfer as many functions and as much authority as possible from agencies with national competence to government offices, kormany.hu reported. Lázár said the Prime Minister’s Office will propose that the ministries take over the function of support institutions using 80% of their former payroll allocation.

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