Bill Would Establish Central Registry of Public Data

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Minister of Justice Judit Varga

Photo: Facebook

Hungary's government submitted a bill to lawmakers on Tuesday that would establish a registry of the key budget data of central and local government institutions accessible to the general public, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

The Central Information Public Data Registry would contain "the most important budget data" on such institutions, including data on the use of European Union funding of HUF 5 million or more.

The bill would also modify rules to streamline legal procedures in cases where the provision of public information is contested.

The amendments were submitted with the aim of reaching an agreement with the European Commission over concerns the EU's executive has raised over the rule of law in Hungary.

Justice Minister Judit Varga acknowledged the submission of the bill in a post on Facebook on Thursday.

"We have submitted another package of laws to the Parliament to reach an agreement with the Commission. The amendment will speed up and increase the efficiency of legal proceedings launched to obtain data of public interest," she said.

"We've made a commitment and are making it happen!" she added.

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