It took no more than 20 minutes for Parliament’s budget committee last week to approve a proposal that would authorize the prime minister to decide single-handedly on any state spending, reports 444.hu.
The proposal, which is said to be the brainchild of government office chief János Lázár, would exempt the government and Viktor Orbán from needing Parliament’s approval for spending from the state budget. This would mean that the government can issue a decree on a certain spending item and the resources will be automatically accounted for in the state budget. The last time this method was in use was before the change of systems in 1990.
444.hu notes that the Fidesz-KDNP majority even turned down two opposition amendment proposals during the less than half-hour it spent on the proposal.
Economic site Napi.hu reported in early March when the word was out on Lázár’s proposal that Economy Minister Mihály Varga opposed it. Napi.hu also believed that introducing decree spending from the state budget would dent the chances for an upgrade of Hungary’s economy by ratings agencies, as it increases the unpredictability of state spending.