Hungary’s action plan: 10 out…

Hungary’s action plan: 10 out of 16 commitments completed, focused on anti-corruption

Published on: 25/02/2016

The Hungarian government has completed 10 of the 16 commitments in its first national Action Plan (2013-2014), according to a document detailing the country's second plan for 2015-2017.

Hungary decided to become part of Open Government Partnership in 2012 and drew up its first Action Plan in 2013.

This first plan “primarily targeted the development of public services, the more efficient use of public funds and the development of integrity”, the document states, showing that efforts had been made to realise the principle of open governance.

Examples include:

  • “The publicity of budget data and the searchability of public procurement data has improved”;
  •  “The one-day anti-corruption and integrity training conducted until May 2014 was attended by 8375 public officials”;
  • Article 39 (2) of Government Decree 152/2014 (VI.6.) on the competence and responsibilities of the Members of the Government designates the Minister of the Interior as the person in charge of coordinating governmental tasks related to anti-corruption activities”.

“Open governance is a wider concept than anti-corruption"

But the principles of open governance were limited to “the narrow sense of anti-corruption measures”, the document said. “Open governance is a wider concept than anti-corruption, so the measures specified in the government’s anti-corruption strategic documents were not sufficient in themselves”, said IRM, the OGP Independent Reporting Mechanism cited in the document.

The second Action Plan re-integrates some commitments from the first plan, which are necessary to implement others, the document revealed.

Among other things, the first commitment dealing with “making local governments’ practice regarding publicity and information disclosure more efficient” was partially implemented and thus, continued in the second plan.

It was also noted that the commitment to “developing the graphic presentation of data on the draft central budget and its amendments, and on the implemented central budget” was not completed, as data formats are difficult to use and analyse.

“Making communication with third parties representing private interests more transparent at public administration bodies” was implemented “to a limited extent”.

The Hungarian second plan includes three new commitments:

  • “Developing a website supporting public consultation on legislative and strategic drafts”;
  • “Improving the searchability of records and decisions made at sessions of local government bodies of representative municipal councils”; and
  • “Developing a mobile phone application facilitating easier access to police organisations and better communication between the police and citizens”.