The specialist deputy president of the Hungarian Meterological Service (OMSZ) who was fired on Monday had been on a three-week vacation and wasn’t even involved in the decision-making over whether to launch the fireworks display on August 20, reported Telex on Tuesday.
In an interview with the media outlet, sacked meterologist Gyula Horváth said he had just returned to work from his vacation on Monday when he was ordered to go to the Ministry of Technology and Industry in the afternoon. Upon arriving, he and OMSZ President Kornélia Radics were informed of their dismissal.
Horváth claims that Minister László Palkovics did not even bother to fire them personally, leaving the job to State Secretary Anikó Raisz. Moreover, Raisz did not provide them with a reason as to why they were being fired.
In Tuesday’s Government Information briefing, Minister Gergely Gulyás said that the two leaders of OMSZ had not been fired because of a botched weather forecast that led to the cancelation of a huge fireworks display planned for the evening of August 20, but rather because of other competency issues that had been apparent in the past.
But Horváth disputed this accusation, saying he had not been informed of anything like that before his sacking, and that in fact he had not received any indication at all that the government had been dissatisfied with the weather services’ forecasts.
Basically, I learned about my alleged lack of competence from the Government Information briefing itself.
-the fired meterologist said. [HVG]