Hungary, according to national, European and international surveys, is moderately affected by corruption. The perception of corruption within the society is higher than the actual occurrence of corruption recorded by research and thus corruption is in the centre of public attention.  Corruption is not only a criminal offence. It undermines public trust in public institutions, distorts competition, increases public expenditures and endangers democracy. That is why the state has an obligation to fight corruption and pursue the elimination of this phenomenon. This goal can be achieved by way of strengthening the resistance of organisations against corruption and with public awareness-raising. Tools in pursuance of this aim and our achievements can be found on this website.

The role of NVSZ

Following changes in the legal framework, the competence of the Police has broadened in the recent years. NVSZ, established as part of the organisation of the Police in 2011, successfully dismantled internal corruption networks within the Police that had previously operated smoothly. The main tasks of NVSZ include reducing corruption, stopping organised criminal groups from infiltrating the police force, carrying out detection activities and protecting officers and their families who are threatened as a consequence of carrying out their duties. To effectively counter corruption, new measures, namely lifestyle monitoring and integrity testing were also introduced.

In 2014, the governmental corruption prevention structure was reformed. As a result, the Minister of Interior was tasked with the coordination of corruption prevention measures, who implements this task by way of NVSZ. To this end, NVSZ established the Corruption Prevention Department (Korrupciómegelőzési Főosztály – KMF) on 1st October 2014.  Thus structures, methods and tools that aim either for the prevention or for the detection of corruption are now both under the same organisation, NVSZ, which ensures a comprehensive approach on tackling corruption. 

KMF delivers strategic planning, methodological support, risk assessment and coordination, participates in the development of the integrity management system, develops and implements awareness raising and information campaigns and contributes to the fulfilment of obligations arising from international cooperation.