Government at a Glance: How Hungary Compares

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Government at a Glance: How Hungary Compares presents recent comparable data on key indicators of government activities and performance in Hungary, compared with its neighbouring countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia) as well as the OECD average. The main goal of this publication is to identify progress and persisting challenges in public sector reform in Hungary and to highlight some areas where public sector efficiency might be further improved in future years. It provides indicators on a wide range of government activities, including public finance management, public employment and pay, administrative burden for businesses, and the delivery of services in two key areas (health care and education).



Foreword and Acknowledgements

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, the Hungarian government has started an ambitious public sector reform programme with the aim of modernising its public administration and improving service delivery to its citizens and businesses. Tight budget constraints, combined with low trust in government and in public institutions more generally, have made these reforms all the more urgent and necessary, but at the same time very challenging. While the Hungarian government succeeded in reducing its budgetary deficit, leading to its removal from the excessive deficit procedure of the European Union in 2013, the public administration in Hungary, like in many other OECD countries, is striving to meet the legitimate expectations of its citizenry for greater access, responsiveness and quality of public services and to ensure that public money is well spent.


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