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.

The participants of the summit included representatives from the public sector, the civil society and the business sector, alike. The participants shared their experiences on how open government can improve public services, drive economic growth, and reduce poverty and corruption.
On the occasion of the event, the high-level delegations of the participating countries announced new commitments toward increasing the transparency of government. Bence Rétvári spoke at the summit and then announced two new commitments made by Hungary in the 2014 action plan in an international press conference. One of the Hungarian commitments will contribute to strengthening fiscal transparency by continuing the use of transparency statements in the 2014-2020 programming period of the European Union, while the other is aimed at involving citizens by allowing them to participate as an observer in integrity training sessions. Hungary is initiating further consultations with representatives from the civil society sector on the newly announced commitments and the 2014 action plan.

The discussion held at the professional forum linked to the conference focused on strengthening fiscal transparency and providing methodological assistance to designing action plans. Other issues raised included the participation of civil society organisations, making the functioning of government more transparent, and the future of the OGP initiative. Presentations were delivered on a simple way of publishing data of public interest and monitoring the condition of rain forests with the help of information technology. Indonesia will take over from the UK as lead co-chair of the Open Government Partnership for the next six months.
For more information about the event, visit the OGP website.

The published Hungarian commitments are available on the right-hand side.