Monthly salaries of government officials and employees start at HUF 124,500 (EUR 436.87) and culminate at HUF 1,507,400 (EUR 5,289.66), according to the complete list of the 225 employees’ names, job descriptions and salaries published on the website of the Prime Minister’s Office.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán claims the highest salary as one of three government officials to take home a paycheque of HUF 1 million (EUR 3,508.72) and above. Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén – who was for a short period listed as an “intern” – earns a monthly HUF 1,101,900 (EUR 3,866.33) and János Nagy, Orbán’s secretary and senior political adviser, a round HUF 1 million (EUR 3,508.83).
Following the introduction in 2010 of a law capping public employees’ salaries at HUF 2 million (EUR 7,017.96), 2012 thus sees a reduction in government salaries, which peaked last year at HUF 2.2 million (EUR 7,718.58) for then-personal spokesman Péter Szijjartó and accountability commissioner Gyula Budai, topping Orbán’s HUF 1.7 million (EUR 5,964.50).
Merkel makes EUR 17,000
This still places the prime minister’s salary some distance away from other European leaders earning EUR 17,016 (Germany’s Angela Merkel), EUR 15,000 (the UK’s David Cameron) and EUR 14,910 (France’s Francois Hollande), or from US President Barack Obama’s EUR 26,556.