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.

The conference was opened by Gábor Bordás, deputy state secretary responsible for public administration strategy, and then Beáta File, chair of the Ethics Committee of the Hungarian Government Officials’ Corps, spoke about the practical application of the code of conduct for public servants.

With the entry into force of Act CLXV of 2013 on complaints and public interest disclosures, integrity advisors are expected to have more tasks relating to whistleblowing, and the primary goal of the conference was to provide professional support for that.

In this context, Ágoston Balázs Nagy, chief professional advisor to the MPAJ, drew attention in his speech to the fundamental problems and potential solutions existing in the field of whistleblower protection. Attila Gulyás, head of department, informed the audience about the activities and plans of the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights relating to public interest disclosures.

In the professional forum held in the afternoon, the participants had an opportunity to discuss problems arising in their integrity advisory practice and to make proposals for more efficient cooperation.

The MPAJ found it important to enable integrity advisors to gain a deeper insight into the current activities and plans of the Centre for Excellence in Integrity working at the National University of Public Service. Katalin Pallai, head of the Centre for Excellence in Integrity and associate professor at the NUPS, delivered an enjoyable, illustrative presentation about the work and objectives of the Centre for Excellence.
 
The conference created good opportunities for helping the work done by integrity advisors and for encouraging and increasing the efficiency of cooperation.