Hungarian President Janos Ader formally appointed the ministers of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s fourth government on Friday.
The list of the new ministers comes as no suprise to the public, as the Fidesz-linked magazine Figyelő published the list of potential ministers weeks ago. Nevertheless, as the list became official today, here is a bit more information about the men (and one woman) who will make up the cabinet of the next Orbán government.
Via: MTI/Kovács Tamás
Zsolt Semjen remains deputy prime minister and minister without portfolio in charge of Hungarian communities abroad, church affairs and national minorities. He was born in 1962 in Budapest. After high school he worked in the first half of the 1980s in industrial companies. He received a degree in theology from the Pázmány Péter Catholic University. In 1992 he graduated from sociology at Pázmány. He has been the chairman of KDNP (the Christian Democratic People’s Party) since 2003. In the second government of Viktor Orbán he became minister without portfolio and Deputy Prime Minister.
Sandor Pinter continues as interior minister. Pintér was born and raised in Budapest. He graduated from the Police Officer’s College of Budapest in 1978. He worked in the criminal-investigation divisions of the national, Budapest and Pest County Police Departments between 1978 and 1991. He received degrees in Law and Political Science from Eötvös Loránd University in 1986 at age of 38. Pintér served as Minister of the Interior in the first cabinet of Viktor Orbán from 1998 to 2002. He was appointed Minister of the Interior again in 2010.
Mihály Varga will head the new finance ministry. He graduated with a diploma in trade from Karl Marx University of Economic Science of Budapest in 1989. He was a founding member of the Alliance of Young Democrats (Fidesz). Varga became state secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office in 2010. His role was to maintain a contact between the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the ministers. He was appointed Minister of National Economy on 4 March 2013, replacing György Matolcsy.
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Both Varga and Pinter have been appointed as deputy prime ministers.
Gergely Gulyas has been appointed minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office. Gergely Gulyás (born 21 September 1981) is a Hungarian jurist, politician, and member of Fidesz who has been a member of the National Assembly (MP) since 2010. He was also previously deputy chairman of the Committee for Human Rights, Minorities, Civic and Religious Affairs of the Hungarian Parliament, and the head of Fidesz’s parliamentary group.
Laszlo Trocsanyi also continues his work as Justice Minister. László Trócsányi (born Budapest, 6 March 1956) is a Hungarian lawyer, former judge, diplomat and university professor. He specializes in constitutional law, European law and comparative law. He was Hungarian Ambassador to Belgium (2000-2004), Ambassador of Hungary to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (2000-2003) and Hungarian Ambassador to France (2010-2014). On 6 June 2014, he was appointed Minister of Justice in Hungary.
Antal Rogan also remains as head of the Cabinet Office, which functions as a communication and public relations ministry of the cabinet. Rogán, born in 1972, is a Hungarian economist and politician who served as Mayor of Belváros-Lipótváros (fifth district of Budapest) from 2006 to 2014.
He became a member of the National Assembly (MP) in the 1998 parliamentary election. He had been leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group since 2012. Rogán was appointed Minister of the newly-formed Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office on 17 October 2015.
Peter Szijjarto also stays in charge of the Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry. Péter Szijjártó was born in Komárom in 1978. After spending a half-year in the United States, he finished his secondary studies in Győr in 1997. He graduated from Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration (today Corvinus University of Budapest) majoring in international relations and sports management. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán appointed Szijjártó as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in September 2014, when his predecessor Tibor Navracsics resigned due to his new position in the European Commission.
János Suli continues as minister without portfolio in charge of the upgrade of the Paks nuclear power plant. The Minister without Portfolio is responsible for the planning, constructing and putting into commission of the two news blocks of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant. He was born in Békéscsaba in 1956.
Tibor Benko is the new Defence Minister. Benkő, born in 1955 is a Hungarian military officer and served as Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Hungary from June 2010 until his recent elevation to minister. With his nomination, Benkő has become the first active military officer since the end of communism to head the defence ministry.
Andrea Bartfai-Mager is the new minister without portfolio in charge of national assets. The only female member of the new Orbán cabinet, Bártfai-Mager graduated from the Budapest University of Economics and then went on to study at the Institute for International Relations in Moscow. She started her professional career at Postabank where she worked, among others, as leading risk manager and as the CEO’s professional secretary.
Laszlo Palkovics will head the new innovation and technology ministry. He began his university studies at the BME (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) Faculty of Transport Engineering and graduated from there in 1989. Between 1989 and 1991, he participated in the doctors’ scholarship program of the MTA’s (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) Scientific Qualification Committee, where he earned his doctorate. Since July 15, 2014, he has been holding the title Secretary of State Responsible for Higher Education at the Ministry of Human Resources.
Istvan Nagy is the new Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Born in a small town in eastern Hungary called Újfehértó, in 1967, Nagy is an agricultural engineer, former university professor and politician. He has served as a member of Hungary’s National Assembly representing Mosonmagyaróvár since 2010. He also served as mayor of Mosonmagyaróvár until 2014, when he was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary for Agriculture.
Miklos Kasler will head the Human Resources Ministry. He is a professor of medicine, and since 1992 has served as director of the National Institute of Oncology. Alongside medicine, Kásler is an amateur historian. The Human Resources Ministry is responsible for managing public education, healthcare, social services and cultural policy.