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May 07, 2018

The PM’s Office will be expanded to handle EU affairs and other workloads

A new unit will be created within the PM’s Office to coordinate day-to-day government work and support decision making

The Prime Minister’s Office will be expanded to handle European Union affairs and other workloads, it has been announced.

According to Mandiner.hu, a new unit will be created within the PM’s Office to coordinate day-to-day government work and support decision making, led by State Secretary Marcell Biró.

Gergely Gulyás, who is stepping down from his position as leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group to become minister in charge of the Prime Minister's Office, said Antal Rogán will retain his post of chief of the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister.

He added that new tasks of the Prime Minister's Office will include handling affairs pertaining to the EU and contact with EU bodies. State Secretaries Szabolcs Takács and Judit Varga will be in charge of those sections.

The Prime Minister’s Office will also set up a department for Budapest and other suburbs, and a Modern Villages program will be launched along the current Modern Cities program.

Gulyás 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.

The group leader also rejected reports that the government is looking to disband local authorities in villages with less than 2,000 inhabitants and suggestions that it is considering sending 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,” Gulyás said.