Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
84 - Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

381 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
25 November 2006
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2007
Foreseen end date


The Hungarian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Water Management (Környezetvédelmi és Vízügyi Minisztérium) plans to lay off 381 employees from both central and regional units. The dismissals represent the second phase of the project of streamlining the Ministry of Environment and Water as well as the entire public administration system, forming part of the efforts of the recently re-elected MSZP-SZDSZ coalition government to reduce state expenditures and to restore the budgetary balance. The lay-offs will affect employees working at environmental protection, water management bodies as well as staff of the ministry and the directorates of national parks. Most affected by the dismissals is the National Meteorology Service, where every fourth employee is to be laid off (62 out of 272). In the central administration some 40 jobs will be cut.

According to press release issued by the Ministry in December 2006, some 369 employees will remain working at the central office of the Ministry starting from January 2007 in the context of the second wave of the restructuring. In supervisory agencies belonging to the Ministry, altogether 178 jobs will be cut, leaving 1267 jobs. In the national parks units some 91 employees will be dismissed out of 704, while 10 people will be laid off from the 89-strong National Environment/Nature Protection and Water Management Superintendency (Országos Környezetvédelmi, Természetvédelmi és Vízügyi Főfelügyelőség). The Minister, Miklós Persányi, announced that as a result of the dismissals, about HUF 1.5 billion will be saved in the course of 2007.


  • 15 December 2006: Menedzsment Fórum
  • 25 November 2006: Magyar Nemzet


Eurofound (2006), Környezetvédelmi és Vízügyi Minisztérium, Internal restructuring in Hungary, factsheet number 64556, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64556.