Gulyas: PM’ office to be expanded

The Prime Minister’s Office will be enlarged to be able to handle European Union and other affairs, the incoming head of the organisation told news site mandiner.hu on Saturday.

A new unit within the PM’s office to coordinate day-to-day government work and support decision making will be lead by state secretary Marcell Biro, Gergely Gulyas said. Antal Rogan will retain his post of cabinet office chief, he added.

New tasks of the PM’s office will include handling affairs pertaining to the EU and contact with EU bodies, Gulyas said, adding that state secretaries Szabolcs Takacs and Judit Varga will be in charge of those fields.

The PM’s office will set up a department for Budapest and the suburbs, and a Modern Villages programme will be launched along the current Modern Cities programme, he said.

The PM’s office will continue to supervise regional public administration bodies. The office will also carry on informing the public of the government meetings, he said.
Gulyas rejected reports of the government looking to disband the local authorities in villages with less than 2,000 inhabitants and suggestions that it is considering to send judges who started their careers in the Communist era to retirement. The government is not planning to extend its control over courts of justice, either, Gulyas said.

Source and photo: MTI

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