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FOI Training in Public Administration Organizations (HU0009)



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

Action Plan Cycle: 2015

Status: Inactive


Lead Institution: Ministry of Interior

Support Institution(s): Prime Minister's Office, National Protective Service, National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, National University of Public Service, Ministry of Justice

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Legislation & Regulation, Right to Information

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


This commitment also facilitates the publicity of data of public interest and data public on grounds of public interest and thus dovetails with commitments 1 and 7 regarding both its legal background and objectives.
The availability of up-to-date information on the regulation on the freedom of information is essential for bodies with public service functions so that they can efficiently meet their obligations under the law.
Accordingly, the First OGP Action Plan included the development of training elements on the freedom of information as a commitment. In order to fulfil the commitment, the National University of Public Service, with experts from the National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information involved, prepared a draft curriculum. At the same time, as it was pointed out by both the self-assessment and the progress reports, the training based on the draft curriculum has not been launched; thus the commitment has only been partially implemented and therefore it should be continued in the Second Action Plan.
During the implementation of this commitment, it is reasonable to review the curriculum already developed and adjust it to the amendments in the legislation made since (e.g. in the field of re-using public sector information), with the involvement of civil society organizations and experts having an outstanding role in this field. Furthermore, it is necessary to register the reviewed curriculum in the form of an e-learning training as a “public service further training program”. The curriculum of the e-learning training is to be published on a website on corruption prevention, so it will be accessible not only for the employees of public administration bodies and local governments having access to the further training programs offered by the National University of Public Service, but for anyone else as well.
Including training elements related to the freedom of information in the training system of state organizations is expected to raise awareness of freedom of information, promote the compliance with the regulations amongst the officials concerned, and also facilitate meeting the requirements on publication of data of public interest, and thus improve the publicity of data of public interest.
At the OGP summit in autumn 2013 in London, Hungary announced to make a complementary commitment related to its OGP membership, to be incorporated in the next national action plan. One of these commitments made aimed at making the integrity training programs launched in 2013open to citizens and civil organisations organizations interested. In the course of 2013 and 2014, several training sessions with external participants involved took place. The current commitment is the strengthening and complementation of the earlier one.
To spread the integrity attitude by involving citizens and raising the knowledge of local government employees on corruption prevention.
Hungary undertakes to develop a training package on corruption prevention and integrity for citizens and local governments. The training package for citizens is to be published for further free use and the one for local governments is to be presented at least seven sample training sessions at the national level, organised regionally

Hungary's 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 Institutions

  4. FOI Training in Public Administration Organizations

    HU0009, 2015, Capacity Building

  5. Corruption Prevention Information Dissemination

    HU0010, 2015, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  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 Transparency

  10. Improving the Searchability of Public Procurement Data

    HU0002, 2013, Open Contracting and Procurement

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

    HU0003, 2013, E-Government

  12. Integrity Control System in the Public Sector

    HU0004, 2013, Conflicts of Interest

  13. Dissemination of Information on Anti-Corruption and Integrity

    HU0005, 2013, Capacity Building