Following the resignation of Justice and EU Affairs Minister Judit Varga last month, the Hungarian government has undergone yet another cabinet restructuring. Varga, who stepped down from her position to become the lead candidate of the ruling Fidesz for next year’s EU parliamentary elections, is succeeded by Bence Tuzson as Justice Minister.
Simultaneously, the European affairs portfolio was split from the ministry and will be covered by newly appointed European Union Affairs Minister János Bóka, a close EU advisor to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Bóka’s ministry will be the key stakeholder for Hungary’s upcoming EU presidency in the second half of 2024.
The restructuring is the second partial reshuffle since the fifth Orbán Government entered office in May 2022, and presumably not the last. The cabinet structure is experimental, with an unusual combination of powers in different ministries, as well as with potential overlaps.
Below, Aretera takes a deeper look at the main takeaways from Hungary’s latest government restructuring.