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Gov't aims to create 150,000 jobs in 2011-2014

The government wants to create 150,000 new workplaces between 2011 and 2014, state secretary at the National Economy Ministry Sandor Czomba said at an event organised by the Gabor Baross Society on Monday.

Hungary's government, which was sworn in at the end of May, has said it wants to create 1m new jobs in ten years.

The number of employed people in Hungary cannot rise from the current 3.7m-3.8m as long as unemployment remains as high as 20-25pc in the north and northeast of the country, Mr Czomba said.

Professional consultations on the schedule for the government's New Szechenyi Plan, an economic stimulus programme, are taking place between September 15 and October 30, he said. The plant will be fine-tuned between October 30 and November 30, and a final version will be submitted to the government on January 15, 2011, he added.

Instead of continuing public work programmes, the government wants to support job creation at businesses, Mr Czomba said. A key question in this matter is keeping regulations on taxes and contributions unchanged for four years, which should serve to bring the shadow economy into the light, he added. (MTI-Econews)