Legislative Public Consultation Website (HU0011)
Action Plan: Hungary, Second Action Plan, 2015-17
Action Plan Cycle: 2015
Lead Institution: Prime Minister's Office
Support Institution(s): Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, National Protection Service
Policy AreasCapacity Building, E-Government, Legislation & Regulation, Legislative, Open Regulations, Public Participation, Public Service Delivery
The legal framework for public consultation regarding the preparation of legislations and strategies is already established in Hungary. According to the provisions of the Act on Social Consultation and Government Decree 38/2012 (12 March) on Government Strategic Management, all draft legislation and draft concept papers prepared by ministries must be made accessible for general consultations in a way that, as a main rule, the deadline for public consultation should equal the deadline set for consultations with public administration organizations.
Meeting the set deadline often fails in practice, and although the drafts are available on the government portal that serves as the online forum of consultation, the opinions and comments received are not, and a link providing directing access to the summaries evaluating the opinions and comments made by members of society is missing, too, which makes availability and searchability of the opinions and comments received difficult.
Setting up a user-friendly electronic platform for public consultation ensures better compliance with the relevant regulation in force, and thereby raises the standard of the work of ministries preparing the drafts; furthermore, by proactively involving citizens, makes communication with them more efficient.
The website to be set up would include detailed and easily understandable general information on the regulation on public consultation, on the consultation process and what will happen with the comments and opinions received. The website would also indicate the date when the given draft was uploaded, the deadline set for public consultation and would make the summaries on the comments received accessible in a clear and easy-to-search way. In order to enhance the service providing character of the state, the website would be complemented with a function enabling registered citizens to mark fields of special interest for them (e.g. health care, rural development, law enforcement) and the system would generate automatic email messages notifying them if any draft bills, strategic drafts or summaries were published on these issues.
When planning the implementation of this commitment, the later integration of further developments based on the experience to be gained from setting up the website (e.g. solutions for interactivity, the application of open standards, etc.) should be kept in mind.
Act CXXXI of 2010 on Social participation in the drafting of legislation and Government Decree 38/2012 (12 March) on Government Strategic Management provide a suitable legal framework for public consultation during preparing legislation and strategic planning. Compliance with the provisions of the applicable regulations sometimes fails in practice, and often there is less time than prescribed for public consultation. The standardised summary made on the rejected comments and the reasons for their rejection are not always published.
To support public consultation and make it more efficient and interactive.
Hungary undertakes to develop a website supporting public consultation on legislative and strategic drafts
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