Budapest, August 4 (MTI) – The central bank has almost doubled the number of employees and increased their salaries by 50 percent since 2010, Sandor Burany, of the opposition Socialists, said on Tuesday.
Burany, the head of parliament’s budget committee, said the figures had been released by the central bank in response to a written question by Socialist lawmaker Bertalan Toth.
During the same period, Hungary’s economy failed to grow at such a speed, he said, adding that Prime Minister Viktor Orban “and his people like making a lot of money …”
Burany said that the public prosecutor’s wife makes nearly 5 million forints (EUR 16,200) a month at the central bank. Recently, the prosecutor’s office decided against launching an inquiry into incomplete asset declaration forms submitted by central bank governor Gyorgy Matolcsy and other bank officials, which shows that the policy of “I’ll scratch your back, you scratch mine” is at work, he added.
Matolcsy said in his response to the question about salaries in the bank that pre-2013 salaries should not be compared to current ones because the bank now has more tasks and responsibilities, plus the salary structure was changed in 2013 and bonuses were incorporated in the base salary.
Fidesz said in a statement that it was thanks to the Socialists that Hungary was on the verge of a Greek-style bankruptcy. It added that the country and Hungarian families were indebted, the jobless rate rose and wages declined under the tenure of Burany, who, as an economy ministry state secretary in the government of Ferenc Gyurcsany, “personally” contributed to the country’s woes.
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