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Strengthening civil society in Hungary

  • The project ‘Glassvillage’ has increased the knowledge and awareness of NGOs, citizens, and local elected representatives of their rights to access and publish public information.

    “Our study shows that many Hungarian municipalities publish only some of the public documents that they are required by law to make available to their citizens. We wanted to help local governments to be more transparent,” said Csaba Madarász from the eDemocracy Workshop Society.

    As a result of the project, a network has been established of more than ten municipalities and local stakeholders that are committed to improve transparency.

    In addition to organising training courses for 75 NGOs and citizens across the country enabling them to put pressure on local municipalities to increase their transparency, the project has also worked with the local government in Pázmánd. A portal for facilitating the publication and accessibility of public documents has been developed. This provides an example of how to improve transparency for other municipalities.The mayor of Pázmánd, Mónika Reichenbach, is convinced that the project has contributed to boosting a higher level of transparency and generating a greater degree of trust from citizens.

    The project has also drawn on experiences from two Norwegian partners - Buskerud and Vestfold University College and the company Tingtun - on how e-transparency is built up in Norway.

    The project is one of close to 450 projects funded under our NGO programme in Hungary. The programme contributes to developing and strengthening civil society in Hungary, and improving the capability of NGOs in addressing citizen’s needs and democratic concerns. 

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    Project title:

    ÜVEGFALU (Glassvillage) - and widespread across the country

    Project number:


    Priority sector:

    Civil Society


    € 19951



    Project promoter:

    eDemocracy Workshop Society

    Type of Institution:

    Other type of NGO

    Project duration:

    16 months

    Project cost:

    € 22,187

    Grant from:

    EEA Grants

    ÜVEGFALU(Glassvillage) is an innovative project that aims to achieve complete financial transparency within Hungarian municipalities. As a pilot project, the program would first apply its guidelines on a small town called Pázmánd, before it could become widespread across the country. By organizing so-called transparency trainings, our project would prepare 75 different NGOs which then be able to pressure local municipalities to have more financial transparency. In short,our project involves the municipality, local NGOs and the citizens of Pázmánd. Additionally, the program should also embrace NGOs from the whole country that wish to promote freedom of information (FOI), and which are interested in our trainings and conferences. By conducting a creative media campaign through several different platforms. One should lastly note that the successful implementation of our project would include a research on local municipalities and transparency,as well as a sophisticated rating system.