László Palkovics, Hungary’s innovation and technology minister, resigned today after PM Viktor Orbán accepted Márton Nagy’s proposal to create an independent energy ministry.
According to 24.hu, gossip started to circulate about the resignation of Mr Palkovics this morning. Government officials confirmed the information and, based on the news outlet, PM Viktor Orbán already accepted Palkovics’s decision. The resignation has already been announced in the ministry.
According to government-close sources of 24.hu, the reason for the resignation is a proposal of Márton Nagy, the minister for economic development, to create an independent energy ministry. That means Palkovics would lose his supervision over that area.
He did not accept the restriction of his powers and told ministry officials that he did not sign up for that.
Bertalan Havasi, Orbán’s press chief, did not deny Palkovics’s resignation but added Orbán is on his way to Uzbekistan, so the press should turn to PM chief of staff Gergely Gulyás on the issue.
The Prime Minister’s Office will inform the public if any changes to the cabinet take place, the Prime Minister’s Office said on Wednesday, responding to press reports regarding the resignation of Technology and Industry Minister László Palkovics, rhe Hungarian News Agency (MTI) said. “The prime minister decides on the members of the government. If changes to the cabinet take place, we will inform the public,” the office said in a statement.