Hungarian govt committed to battling corruption

Budapest, April 5, 2011 (MTI-ECONEWS) – Hungary’s government is committed to fighting corruption, Minister of Public Administration and Justice Tibor Navracsics said at a conference organised by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) on Tuesday.

Mr Navracsics noted that the government had allocated more money in this year’s budget to prosecutors and courts to make the battle against corruption more efficient. Hungary’s new criminal law will contain stricter rules and stiffer penalties for corruption, he added.

The government is working on a new, more transparent public procurement law that is expected to come into force next year, he said.

United States Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis said progress in the area of transparency was tangible in Hungary, but strength and persistence would be necessary to achieve further results.

“”I am certain that Prime Minister Orban and his government want to crack down on corruption , and that is the best that can be done in the interest of the Hungarian economy,” she said.

Fewer than 40pc of Hungarian employees think the companies they work for operate in a transparent manner, compared to 60pc in Western countries, said AmCham head Istvan Havas, citing data from  survey from 2009.