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Legislative Public Consultation Website (HU0011)

Overview

At-a-Glance

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

Action Plan Cycle: 2015

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Prime Minister's Office

Support Institution(s): Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, National Protection Service

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Legislation & Regulation, Legislative, Open Regulations, Public Participation, Public Service Delivery

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 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


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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