The Economic Committee hears the candidate for the head of the Hungarian Audit Office

Parliament’s Economic Committee interviewed László Windisch, candidate for the presidency of the National Audit Office (ÁSZ), on Monday.

In his interview, Windisch said that ÁSZ’s role would become more important “in times of financial and economic difficulties”. Going forward, “it will be increasingly important that government spending is not only legitimate, but also successful and effective,” he said.

“I want to build a modern, professional and central monitoring and advisory organization,” he said, adding that he would focus on forming “competence centers” within ÁSZ with the best experts and “remarkable” salaries.

Windisch said he supported deregulation and added that a number of areas were “heavily overregulated with a small number of deviations prevented by too many rules”. He said he wanted “fewer but more thorough” probes.

Responding to a question, Windisch said that the ÁSZ would review the system of oversight of civil organizations, adding that the ÁSZ would try to build partnerships with such groups.

The candidate is currently Deputy Head of the Central Statistics Office.

The committee backed Windisch’s candidacy with 12 votes in favor and 3 against.

If elected by parliament later today, Windisch will hold the post for 12 years.

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Source: MTI

Laura T. Thrasher