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Hungary opens new “government windows”

New one-stop government windows - public administration customer offices - opened around the country on Monday, a public-administration official said.

The one-stop shop for the general public is the first step to a client-friendly single-window administration system which is expected to be fully in place by the end of 2013, Erika Szabó, state secretary at the public-administration ministry, said at the ceremonial opening of a new government window in Szekszárd, southern Hungary.

The 29 new customer service offices that opened on Monday employ 300 people and will be open from 8am to 8pm on working days. There are four new offices in Budapest and 25 around the country.

Among the services offered at the new offices are reports of changes in individuals' business enterprises and applications for accounts to the e-government portal.

The government set up new public administration offices in September 2010 and new county government offices started operating effective 2011, Szabó said. (MTI – Econews)