Foreign ministry to lay off 25% of staff

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Some 25% of the Hungarian foreign ministry's staff will be laid off, Péter Szijjártó, the minister, confirmed to Hungarian online news portal Origo.hu on Wednesday. Out of the ministry's 900 employees, 220 people will be given official notice on October 31, Origo said, based on a comment from Szijjártó during his visit to Washington, DC.

The minister said the layoffs are necessary because about 400 of the staff members are involved in running the organisation which he called an "unacceptably high" ratio. He said that about 150-200 people are enough to perform those duties and advised Balázs Kőhut, the ministry's administrative state secretary, to complete the staff reduction by October 31.

The news of the layoffs coincided with an announcement of the launch of a state reform by head of the Prime Minister's Office János Lázár. Lázár said Wednesday that the restructuring, focusing on efficiency and the clear definition of state services, "will affect the staff of ministries" among others.

 

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