Mellár: No disagreeing with Orbán; internet tax may return

Interview

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is merely stalling by suspending the internet tax bill, but access to information will be limited, former Századvég research institute director Tamás Mellár suggested in an interview with nol.hu on Friday.

Mellár said he believes that the Internet tax makes no economic sense, and that the countries with the most competitive economies are all ICT sector driven economies. According to Mellár, Orbán does not put up with disagreement, which is why there are no "real" economists left in his entourage.

Mellár says that he left Századvég when he realized that the think tank was in fact paid by the government even if they did poor research or no real research. “The ministry transfers the money, I sign for it, and then the prime minister’s advisors get the big money without doing any meaningful work,” he was quoted as saying. Századvég responded the same day announcing they will sue Mellár for the comments he made in the interview he gave to nol.hu.

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