Hungary’s PMO spending vastly more on attorneys now than in 2010

March 2, 2016

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The Office of the Prime Minister spent a staggering HUF 1.4 billion (USD 5 million) on attorneys’ salaries and fees in 2014, according to opposition politician Péter Juhász of Együtt (Together).  The amount represents an eleven-fold increase over 2011.

The number of law school graduates employed by the Office of the Prime Minister more than doubled between the time Fidesz returned to power in 2010 (21) and the end of 2013 (48).  In 2014 this number jumped to 174 and currently stands at 182.

The Office of the Prime Minister spent the following amounts employing law school graduates between 2010 and 2015:

2010 (from May 29th) – HUF 37.753.544

2011 – HUF 127.867.596

2012 – HUF 182.224.613

2013 – HUF 278.469.348

2014 – HUF 492.821.532

2015 (as of July 31st) – HUF 468.306.755

In addition to the above, the Office of the Prime Minister spent the following amounts on outside attorneys:

2011 – HUF 300.000

2012 – HUF 7.740.988

2013 – HUF 63.878.485

2014 – HUF 897.559.878

2015 (as of July 31st) – HUF 337.849.695

As of July 31st, 2015 the Office of the Prime Minister had already spent over HUF 806 million on attorneys’ salaries and fees–more than four times the nearly HUF 190 million spent over the course of 2012.

Reference:

http://propeller.hu/itthon/3197128-nem-eleg-lazareknak-153-ugyved-meg-900-millioert