Prime minister Viktor Orbán – Photo: PMO

DK criticises incoming government over lack of education, health-care, environment ministries

Orbán concludes talks on forming government

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has concluded talks on forming Hungary's next cabinet, the PM's press chief said. Orbán structured the new government and chose its ministers with a view to resolving the challenges facing the country, Bertalan Havasi, said.

Zsolt Semjen will continue as Deputy Prime Minister and will take on the role of minister responsible for policies for Hungarian communities abroad and policies for national minorities and church relations as well as church diplomacy.

Istvan Nagy and Sandor Pinter will stay on as minister of agriculture and interior minister, respectively.

Janos Lazar will oversee a new ministry, that of construction and investment.

Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky will take over the defence ministry.

Judit Varga will continue to lead the justice ministry.

Janos Csak will lead a new cultural and innovation ministry.

Peter Szijjarto is staying on as minister of foreign affairs and trade, and Antal Rogan will continue as head of the cabinet office.

Gergely Gulyas will carry on heading the prime minister’s office, while Mihaly Varga will continue to lead the finance ministry.

Laszlo Palkovics will head the ministry of technology and industry, while former deputy central bank governor Marton Nagy will take on the mantle of minister for economic development.

Former European commissioner Tibor Navracsics will lead a new ministry for regional development and the utilisation of EU funds.

Orbán earlier said: “A decade of dangers is on our doorstep,” Havasi noted, adding that the war in Ukraine has driven prices up across Europe and looks like triggering a serious energy crisis. Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic has not fully disappeared, he said.

DK criticises incoming government over lack of education, health-care, environment ministries

Gergely Arato, the deputy group leader of the opposition Democratic Coalition (DK), on Friday criticised Viktor Orban’s incoming cabinet which he said “no longer keeps up appearances by maintaining ministries for education, health care and the environment”.

In his statement, Arato said it transpired from the list of names that there would be no ministries assigned to education, health care, welfare and environmental protection, areas he said were deemed “unnecessary” by the new government.


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