A futsal cabinet
This story is just in from Hungary (in Hungarian). It’s not really a recent development but one that gradually evolved into how it stands at the moment.
The case concerns Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s new foreign minister who as of this stage has a significant part of his futsal (or indoors soccer) team in employment either by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade or by other state agencies.
The futsal club’s name is Dunakeszi Kinizsi, so named after a town to the north of the capital Budapest (Dunakeszi) and an historical figure (Kinizsi, a military commander in King Matthias’ service in the 15th century).
By now the following people are working for the futsal affairs, pardon me, the foreign affairs ministry of Hungary:
- Szilárd Benkő is Szijjártó’s chief of cabinet. He does not have a higher education degree which raised some eyebrows when he got the job.
- László Monspart, another team member, is also working in the ministerial cabinet.
- Domonkos Andréka, a former executive of the futsal club, and an intern at the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office (also under Szijjártó) back in 2010, is by now chief of protocol at MiFAT.
- Nortbert Temesi, a team member is working under his (Andréka’s) watch, at protocol.
And, as the article we quoted here makes it clear, there are yet others from Dunakeszi Kinizsi in different positions across the Hungarian government.
Minister Szijjártó must firmly believe that people who make for an effective team in futsal can transport that performance to a whole different environment even in the absence of prior experience or training that is relevant to the field in question. In terms of nepotism, they are already scoring high – one has to wait to see how they fare in diplomacy.
The cabinet: the two figures circled are Szijjártó (centre) and Andréka (second from right).