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Govt proposes smaller cut in dole period

A set of amendments submitted by Interior Minister Sándor Pintér to Parliament would lower the maximum period Hungarians are eligible for job seekers benefits to 180 days from 270, the text of the bill published on Parliament's website shows.

In Hungary's updated Convergence Program, submitted to Brussels in April, the government said the benefits would be cut to 90 days. Annual savings of almost HUF 43 billion were seen in both 2012 and 2013 because of the change.

In June, the European Commission called for an assessment of the impact on labor market needs of the cut in the duration of unemployment benefits to "the lowest levels in the EU".

The amendments would also reduce the cap on the benefits to the minimum wage from 120% of the minimum wage.