Palkovics Resigns; Gov't Establishes Independent Energy Ministry

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Technology and Industry Minister László Palkovics has resigned and the government has decided to set up an independent energy ministry, the head of the Prime Minister's Office said on Monday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Gergely Gulyás said Prime Minister Viktor Orban accepted Palkovics's resignation. With the minister's departure, the Technology and Industry Ministry will cease and its tasks will be taken over by the economy, construction and investment, and culture and innovation portfolios.

Gulyás said the decision to set up an independent energy ministry was taken because energy prices were driven higher because of the war and sanctions policy, and energy security has become the "most important" issue in Hungary and in Europe.

The prime minister has asked Csaba Lantos to head the new ministry from December 1, he added.

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