100% units of state-owned firms could be selected to operate natl mobile payment system for public services

In Hungary

In addition to 100% state-owned organisations themselves, the 100% units of such state-owned institutions could also be designated to operate the future state-run unified mobile payment system for public transport and other public services under a proposed amendment.

The option to select a 100% unit of a state-owned parent organisation as the national mobile payment institution will help making the most cost-efficient, optimum choice, the justification of the proposed amendment, submitted by the parliamentary audit and budget committee to Parliament, said.

As in the present law, the government will designate the operator.

Under legislation approved last December, the mobile-payment sale of some specified public services to costumers will be performed exclusively, and in a nation-wide unified system, by a fully state-owned organisation to be designated by the government. Part of the law, including that affected by the proposed amendment, is cardinal law that requires a two-thirds majority to amend.

Regarding the payment of parking fees and road tolls, the law will take effect on October 1, 2012. It will take effect on January 1, 2013 with respect to the mobile sale of public passenger transport services provided by state- or municipality-owned entities.

National Development Minister Zsuzsanna Németh appointed Pál Szőke as ministerial commissioner to coordinate the introduction of a national mobile payment system and the creation of a Hungarian electronic ticket platform for six months in the middle of June.

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