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Parliament amends law on firing civil servants

Civil servants and government officials may not be fired in the future without good reason, but loss of trust and unworthiness can be cited as a cause 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 passed last year.

The amendment was prompted by a Constitutional Court decision which said that it was unconstitutional to dismiss civil servants and government officials ─ a narrower circle of civil servants employed in ministries and law enforcement services, among others ─ without just cause.

According to the new law, employers must give a realistic and lawful reason for dismissal.

The new law, which will come into effect at the beginning of June, will outline the possible reasons for dismissal. A committee will be set up to be in charge of legal redress for government officials from January 1, 2012.