The Prime Minister’s Office and other the government institutions are no longer just saving on heating and energy, employees at the Prime Minister’s Office are also having to save on IT equipment, scones, and drinks, among other things.
According to 24.hu, the Prime Minister’s Office, headed by Minister Gergely Gulyás, has introduced serious measures to save money for the remaining months, and managers and employees will both have to cut spending.
According to an internal briefing issued at the end of September, no staff increases, no new hires, and no contracts with external experts and consultants are allowed in the remaining three months of the year.
Staff will not be allowed to replace or upgrade computers, software, and other IT tools, and information campaigns and publications will be scaled back.
The Prime Minister’s Office has also cut representation costs, and has called on state secretaries and deputy state secretaries to use only half of their representation budget.
They are also cutting the amount of scones, coffee, and soft drinks provided for staff at meetings, and team-building events are not being subsidized at all.
Austerity measures include not allowing large delegations to travel abroad, limiting travel to one to two people, and also limiting domestic travel.
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