Tens of millions in farewell money went to the former president of the media authority


Mónika Karas, the outgoing chairman of the National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH), who was leaving in October, was compensated with an almost net HUF 41 million. Karas’s salary was tripled by the parliament in 2019, when he set his salary at 80 percent of the central bank president’s allowance, ie HUF 4 million a month. He also received 400,000 forints after his position as chairman of the council, as well as a staff car and housing allowance. When asked by 24.hu, the NMHH wrote that the ex-president was entitled to two months’ severance pay upon his resignation. However, he also receives compensation, as he is not allowed by law to establish an employment relationship with the media for one year. This corresponds to the net income from the authority for the previous 12 months, resulting in a net amount of 41 million. Karas received not only severance pay and compensation, but also a well-paying job: since November he has been the Vice-President of the State Audit Office, where he earns HUF 4,237,800 gross per month. It is worth recalling the remark made by Fidesz politicians after they came to power in 2010, when they spoke of “cheeky severance pay” for state-owned companies. They also wanted to introduce a special tax of 98 percent on benefits in excess of HUF 2 million in the event of termination of employment. Incidentally, this was not accepted by the Constitutional Court because it was held to be contrary to legal and property security due to its retroactive effect. Fidesz amended the law several times, and in 2018 it was silently repealed. (Inland)

Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.

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