Open Budget – Where are the stakeholders?


The involvement of key national stakeholders in the planning of a country’s central budget is a critical ingredient of truly open government.

In her presentation at the annual conference of NISPAcee, Petra Edina Reszkető mapped the engagement, awareness, and perceptions of the key national stakeholders along with the scope and nature of the media attention in Hungary, showing that the situation in the country is way worse than the regional average.

According to results obtained by the Budapest Institute in its analysis, this has reasons over and above the government’s negligent attitude. One of these reasons is that issues related to the central budget have very limited media coverage and the main stakeholders get information through informal channels. But it is also true that most of the stakeholders are not consulted by the government during the decision making process on planning or modifying elements of the central budget.