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An excerpt of the personal income declarations of the members of the Hungarian government was published on kormany.hu. Based on that, PM Viktor Orbán has the second-lowest salary, only justice minister Judit Varga takes home less money.

Meanwhile, Antal Rogán, leader of the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister, gets the highest salary – 24.hu reported. According to the document, his tax base is 32.4 million HUF (EUR 676,000), but that sum probably came together not only from his ministerial wage but also some other sources like patent royalties. This is how his annual salary is nine times more than PM Viktor Orbán’s who gets only approximately 1.5 million HUF per month (around 4,362 EUR) so

the prime minister’s tax base barely reached 26.5 million HUF (EUR 77,000) in 2019.

Only justice minister Judit Varga received less than her boss, 20.3 million HUF (EUR 59,000).

János Süli, Minister Without Portfolio for the Enlargement of the Paks Nuclear Power Station, had to pay tax after 71.7 million HUF (EUR 208,535). In contrast, Andrea Bártfai-Mager, Minister without Portfolio for the Management of National Assets, paid after 63.5 million HUF (EUR 184,600).

Furthermore, you can read the 2019 tax bases of the other members of the Hungarian government below:

  • István Nagy, Minister for Agriculture: 35.7 million HUF,
  • Gergely Gulyás, leader of the Prime Minister’s Office: 35.5 million HUF,
  • Péter Szijjártó, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: 35 million HUF,
  • Mihály Varga, Minister for Finance: 35 million HUF,
  • Zsolt Semjén, Deputy Prime Minister: 34.7 million HUF,
  • László Palkovics, Minister for Innovation and Technology: 32.8 million HUF,
  • Miklós Kásler, Minister of Human Capacities: 27.9 million HUF,
  • Sándor Pintér, Minister of Interior: 23.3 million HUF plus 6.9 million HUF.

In 2019, the salaries of the ministers grew a lot thanks to a bill approved by the parliament which allows the Prime Minister to raise the wage of his ministers. Based on an announcement published then, the members of the Hungarian government get six times more than the Hungarian average salary.

Interestingly,

a lot of money has been channelled to the Orbán family recently

from public procurements and state funds. For example, István Tiborcz, the son-in-law of the Prime Minister debuted on the list of the wealthiest Hungarians in 2019 with a fortune estimated to be around 108 million EUR. The PM’s eldest daughter, Ráhel Orbán, has no direct link to the Magyar Divat & Design Ügynökség but its director is her best friend, and she always takes part in the company’s representative events. The company has received 1 billion HUF (2.9 million EUR) from the state lately. Finally, opposition parties say that the wealth of Mr Lőrinc Mészáros, who is currently the wealthiest Hungarian, also belongs to PM Viktor Orbán. 

Source: 24.hu, index.hu

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