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.