Opposition parties called on the government to reveal why they said they had no information about the persons affected US entry ban affair. József Tóbiás, head of the Socialist Party, told a news conference on Wednesday that if Vida fails to hand in her resignation then Economy Minister Mihály Varga should sack her without delay. E-PM alliance stressed that Vida had insisted that “the government knew about the case”. Green party LMP today called for a comprehensive screening of the tax office and urged Vida to quit her post. The party also demanded that the government take action.
The government spokeswoman Éva Kurucz said, that Tax office (NAV) head Ildikó Vida informed Economy Minister Mihály Varga just before she confirmed in a press interview published on Wednesday that she and several of her colleagues are affected by a US entry ban. Cabinet state secretary László L Simon called on Vida to name the government official she informed about being blacklisted by the US immigration authorities. Simon welcomed Vida’s admission that she was on the blacklist but said he was unable to tell what information Vida had shared about this with the government. He added that Vida had not informed him about the case.
Ildikó Vida failed to appear before parliament’s national security committee at a hearing that also dealt with a US entry ban on Wednesday. The tax office was represented by deputy chief Árpád Varga and other senior officials.
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