How to improve the access to public data on EU funds allocation?


In a post published on the guest blog of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Budapest Institute presents the results of its quick assessment on the quality of government data relevant to the analysis of the use of EU funds by local governments in Hungary.

According to the European Commission's latest Open Data Maturity Report, Hungary performs in the lowest "Beginners" cluster in terms of meeting the requirements for open data policies and practices. The data publication practices of the Hungarian public authorities scores at only 54 percent in the Open Data Maturity Index, far below the EU average of 81 percent and lagging behind the average scores of the Polish-Czech-Slovak trio (73 percent).

The BI's quick assessment and also the host blog post (in Hungarian) show how the quality of public data on the use of EU funds in Hungary could be improved in three simple steps – first and foremost, by improving the data quality, by fully harmonising the relevant national regulations with the EU open data regulatory framework, and by engaging in more public consultations with stakeholders along with boosting citizen engagement.