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Parliament votes against firing civil servants without reason

Civil servants and government officials may not be fired in the future without a reason, but lack of trust and unworthiness can be cited as causes for dismissal, parliament decided on Monday.

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.