Integrity Management


The handling of corruption risks within the organisations requires not only greater awareness and planning, but also a clear structure of accountability within the individual organisations. The integrity management system compels organs of public administration to face risks, identify the actions to be taken against these risks and to evaluate the effectiveness of these actions, which strengthens their ability to resist corruption.

Bearing these considerations in mind, the Government passed government decree no. 50/2013. (II. 25.) on the integrity management system of organs of public administration and on the procedural rules applicable to dealing with lobbyists, which is the first statutory regulation expressly aimed at strengthening integrity in Hungary.

Major components of the integrity management system:

Independent state organs must appoint integrity advisors, who are responsible for the operation of the integrity management system as full-time or part-time staffers depending on the size and level of corruption risks of the particular organisation. Integrity advisors report directly to the head of the organisation and, in certain cases, also to the supervisory authority.

Each organisation must set up strategic and annual integrity objectives, as well as an indicator system measuring their achievement.

State organs (also) need to regularly assess the corruption risks that may affect them and evaluate the prevailing state of the internal control system intended for the elimination of these risks. Based on this, they have to make an annual action plan in order to remedy the deficiencies revealed. The results of the action plans must be monitored and communicated both inside and outside the organisation.

Based on the risks revealed, the action plans and the actions adopted, state organs must prepare an annual integrity report to be disclosed to the public.

The Minister of Public Administration and Justice is responsible for the development of a government level integrity management system and for the central coordination of local integrity management systems.

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