Varga: U.S. ban did not trigger Vida’s resignation

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Hungary’s National Economy Minister Mihály Varga said yesterday that the fact that Vida Ildikó, the head of the National Tax and Customs Authority (NAV), had been included on a list of six Hungarian officials banned from the United States on suspicion of corruption, did not directly lead to the chief’s resignation, which was announced yesterday, Hungarian online daily origo.hu reports.

 Varga (pictured) told Origo that the ban did not contribute directly to Vida’s resignation, as earlier allegations made against her had been proven to be baseless. The National Economy Ministry investigated the matter and found no decisions suggesting graft, he added.

However, Hungarian weekly Figyelő earlier reported that Varga said that the scandals involving top officials’ banned entry to the United States last year on corruption charges, and the way the issue was handled, has weakened the leadership of the country’s National Tax and Customs Authority (NAV), and the body may require management changes. 

Yesterday morning online daily index.hu, citing unnamed sources, said that Vida had filed her resignation two months ago and she was giving her post over to Árpád Varga. Late yesterday afternoon the National Economy Ministry confirmed Index’s report in an announcement. 

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