The opposition Párbeszéd party on Monday called on the head of the National Bank of Hungary (NBH), György Matolcsy, to resign, saying he had “misled” the public for years over funds flowing to the central bank’s foundations.
Matolcsy had said that the monies of the Pallas Athene Foundations were not considered public funds, Párbeszéd lawmaker Sándor Burány noted. The government has “recently admitted that they lied and the monies were part of the general government,” he added.
Burány said the European Union’s statistical institute, Eurostat, “considered Hungarian deficit and budget data unreliable for years” due to the foundations’ position, and called on Matolcsy and “those responsible” to resign.
Answering a question on the Socialist Csaba Lackner, a local council representative of Budapest’s 19th district, Burány’s constituency, Burány said they had already severed “all political contact” with him. He also stressed that he himself was in no way implicated in illegal schemes.