THE TRANSPARENCY OF THE BUDGET AND THE INSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM IN HUNGARY
A SUMMARY OF THE JOINT STUDY OF TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL HUNGARY AND THE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY INSTITUTE BUDAPEST
The transparency and the accountability of institutions are key issues not only for the democratic rule of law but also for an efficient economy. In order to meet today’s challenges in policy-making, it is indispensable to provide fact-based and highly informative decision-making. Without an adequately operating institutional system the practice of democratic rights, the functioning of the political system and the competitiveness of the economy are equally undermined. Transparency International Hungary (TI) and the Fiscal Responsibility Institute Budapest (FRIB) decided that with the approach of the 2014 general elections they would examine the transparency of the budget and the Hungarian institutional system. Our study analyses the situation of public authority decision-making, the budget, campaign financing, the freedom of information, public procurement and anti-corruption programmes in Hungary in terms of transparency. The study provides a solid basis for the next phase of the “What do we elect?” project, during which promises given by campaigning parties are going to be weighed and we are going to calculate the price of their promises to be paid from the state budget, that is, to be paid by us taxpayers. The summary below only includes the most important conclusions. Detailed explanations can be found in the study. We sincerely hope that our assessment study will contribute to a more transparent public policy.
Budapest 31 January, 2014 Transparency International Hungary ― Fiscal Responsibility Institute Budapest