Hungary, within the anti-corruption governmental program 1227/2012 (VII. 6) joined to the so called Open Government Partnership initiative in 2012. The purpose of the OGP is to provide framework, to enhance and improve publicity, civil and social participation, and transparency.
With the establishment of the new government formation, the organizational structure responsible for combating corruption changed.
Péter Klotz, anti-corruption expert from the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice, and dr. Erik Drabos, lawyer, are giving lectures to government officials on 16 May 2014, Friday, as part of the in-service training programme on measures for combating bribery of foreign public officials and strengthening organisational integrity. The event will be hosted by the Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency.
The Ministry of Public Administration and Justice organised the second National Conference for Integrity Advisors on 26 March 2014. Like the previous conference held in October 2013, last week’s event mainly attracted already appointed integrity advisors and first and second year students participating in the integrity advisor training programme.
On Friday, in Budapest, advisor qualification was awarded to government officials responsible for exploring corruption risks and strengthening integrity in public administration.
As part of the corruption prevention programme and the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Hungary launched an ambitious integrity training programme for senior managers, managers and staff working in public administration in September 2013, which had nearly six thousand participants until the end of December.
The Hungarian Government is pleased to see the acceptance of the European Commission’s report on the fight against corruption. A great step towards battling such phenomena, as it raises awareness regarding harmful factors disrupting societies Europe-wide and the same time it shows the good practices what different countries have taken in the matter, being good examples for others.
The aim is to take a pre-emptive strike against corruption, where possible - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Justice Tibor Navracsics said on Monday, the International Anti-Corruption Day, in Budapest.
The member countries of the Open Government Partnership initiative held an annual summit in London between 31 October and 1 November with 1,000 delegates from over 60 countries. Hungary was represented at the event by State Secretary for Parliamentary Affairs Bence Rétvári from the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice.
On 14 October, the Hungarian National Assembly adopted an Act on Complaints and Public Interest Disclosures, which had been prepared and submitted by the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice. The purpose of the new act is to support whistleblowers and to ensure their actual protection. The discussion of the proposed act by the National Assembly resulted in supplementing it by safeguards relating to the whistleblowing systems operated by employers.
The National General Assembly of the Hungarian Government Officials Board (MKK) adopted the Code of Conduct for Government Officials on 21 June 2013. In preparation for the introduction of the Code of Conduct 2044 government officials took part in qualified further training courses implemented under the auspices of the National University of Public Service (NKE). During the national roadshow held between 2 and 18 July 2013, NKE instructors and invited ministerial experts gave presentations on the reformed system of professional conduct and ethical standards of government officials in 23 venues.
The Implementation Review Group (IRG) of the United Nations Convention against Corruption started its regular review process of the implementation of the Convention by Hungary in the last third of 2012. The review process involved a country visit in the framework of which IRG experts met the experts of the organisations supplying data for the country report at the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice.
Participation in the Integrity Survey of the State Audit Office has key relevance to the development and reinforcement of the integrity control system. For this reason, Dr Tibor Navracsics, Minister of Public Administration and Justice invited in a letter the heads of budgetary organs to participate in and provide support to the survey. The Ministry of Public Administration and Justice (KIM) also cooperated with the State Audit Office in the technical preparation of data collection. The Ministry tested the new Integrity questionnaire and the operation of the data processing system.
Officials from the Government of Hungary are presenting the country’s new National Action Plan on Tuesday 23rd April in London.
The workshop of 19 March on information campaigns aiming at corruption prevention was the last of the seminar series being organized by the Hungarian Ministry of Public Administration and Justice together with the OECD. The workshops took part in the framework the OECD - Hungary Partnership in Public Administration Reform Programme.