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Hungary

Transparency in Public Sector Lobbying by Third Parties (HU0008)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Hungary, Second Action Plan, 2015-17

Action Plan Cycle: 2015

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Interior

Support Institution(s): Ministry of Justice, National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, National Protective Service

Policy Areas

Anti-Corruption, Anti-Corruption Institutions, Capacity Building, Conflicts of Interest, Legislation & Regulation, Legislative, Lobbying, Open Regulations, Participation in Lawmaking

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: No IRM Data

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

"The First OGP Action Plan included as a commitment the development of the integrity management system and, within that, the development of a regulation on the communication and contact with third parties representing private interests (i.e. lobbyists).
The first law regulating interest representation in Hungary was Act XLIX of 2006 on Lobbying. The regulation was forward looking even compared to European standards, but at the same time its scope only covered professional lobbyists. Lacking genuine control, the provisions of the act were complied with to a lesser and lesser extent until the legislator finally decided to re-regulate this field based on a new approach.
Act CXXXI of 2010 on Social participation in the drafting of legislation (hereinafter: Act on Social Consultation) introduced direct consultations and thus created a new and broader forum for public participation in decision-making preparations [Article 7 (1) b)].
In order to regulate lobbying outside the legislation, Gov.Dec. 50/2013 (II. 25.) took effect in March 2013. The Decree established an integrity management system at public administration bodies and set rules for the contact with third parties representing private interests in order to increase transparency and consolidate the integrity management system. To ensure the transparency of lobbying, the new regulation obliges public administration bodies to keep records of meetings with interest representatives and, depending on the decision of the management, the presence of a third person (integrity advisor) may be required for these meetings [Article 10 (1-5)].
Even though these regulations constitute progress, there is a need to fill the legal gaps related to lobbying activities as well as to support the enforcement of the rules on contact with third parties representing private interests.
Based on the self-assessment report on the First OGP Action Plan, the regulation on communication and contact with third parties representing private interests was implemented to a limited extent. Therefore, it is important to elaborate a practical and comprehensive guideline supporting the compliance with the regulation in force. Within the framework of the guideline, the experience of the past two years of implementation of the regulation and the practical difficulties in its operation should be gathered. The guideline will have to be made accessible for the employees of the organizations concerned.
Gov. Decree 50/2013 (25 Feb) on the system of integrity management at public administration bodies and the procedural rules of receiving lobbyists took effect. It became necessary to publish a guideline supporting compliance with the regulation. The guideline will also review the practical experience related to the regulation.
To make communication with third parties representing private interests more transparent by supporting compliance with the relevant regulation.
Hungary undertakes to publish a guideline supporting compliance with the rules on contact with third parties representing private interests.


Commitments

  1. Efficient Local Government Publicity and Information Disclosure

    HU0006, 2015, Capacity Building

  2. Graphic Presentation of Central Budget

    HU0007, 2015, Capacity Building

  3. Transparency in Public Sector Lobbying by Third Parties

    HU0008, 2015, Anti-Corruption

  4. FOI Training in Public Administration Organizations

    HU0009, 2015, Access to Information

  5. Corruption Prevention Information Dissemination

    HU0010, 2015, Anti-Corruption

  6. Legislative Public Consultation Website

    HU0011, 2015, Capacity Building

  7. Improve Searchability of Municipal Council Records

    HU0012, 2015, Capacity Building

  8. Access to Police Mobile App

    HU0013, 2015, Capacity Building

  9. Improving the Publicity of Fiscal Data

    HU0001, 2013, Fiscal Openness

  10. Improving the Searchability of Public Procurement Data

    HU0002, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  11. Improvement of the Publicity of Contracts Concluded for the Utilisation of Public Property and with the Use of Public Funds

    HU0003, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  12. Integrity Control System in the Public Sector

    HU0004, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  13. Dissemination of Information on Anti-Corruption and Integrity

    HU0005, 2013, Access to Information

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