Those Who Report on Corruption Should Not Be Afraid

In response to the threatening situation of whistleblowers, anti-corruption NGOs launched a cooperation protecting those who report in the public interest. Participating NGOs will provide legal assistance, psychological support and facilitate the public appearance of those, who draw attention to cases of corruption or other violations of the public interest. Their purpose is to protect…

The Criminal Proceedings Against András Horváth Might Be Unlawful

Joint press release of Transparency International Hungary, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, K-Monitor Watchdog for Public Funds and atlatszo.hu: The police are clearly displaying more vehemence in investigating the charges brought against András Horváth than in examining accusations of seriously fraudulent practices at National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary (“NAV”) made by him, which…

Authorities Should Investigate the VAT Fraud Scandal Instead of Pestering András Horváth!

Transparency International Hungary (TI) was shocked to learn that the Hungarian Police launched an investigation less than one week following privacy and secrecy charges raised by the National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary (“NAV”) against whistleblower András Horváth, and coerced him to hand over evidence and IT documents later seized by the law-enforcement. Until…

We Call for Substantive Investigation into What Recently Happened at the National Tax and Customs Administration!

Former tax administration (NAV) employee András Horváth went public claiming that reluctance of the NAV to uncover VAT fraud arbitrarily favours some businesses and results in hundreds of billions of forints losses of revenue each year. This might be the biggest corruption scandal of Hungary unfolded by a whistleblower, if the allegations by Mr Horvath…

The New Law Does Not Provide Adequate Protection for Whistleblowers

The Hungarian Parliament adopted the act on complaints and announcements of general interest. Transparency International Hungary (TI) believes that the law does not facilitate the eradication of corruption, moreover; it does not provide adequate protection for those who encounter corruption and report the incident. Therefore, we call on János Áder, the president of the Republic,…

About the Draft Legislation on Whistleblowing

We consider a fundamental shortcoming of the draft legislation that it assigns the task of investigating complaints and announcements of general interest to authorities which are already in charge of handling similar reports related to corruption under the current legislation. The draft legislation should depart from assuming that new information and data that have so…

The Government’s Anti-Corruption Draft Programme Grasps Little

According to Transparency International Hungary (TI) the anti-corruption programme of the government, just released for social debate, is professionally sound, but because of its exclusive focus on government organs, it can only produce partial results. The anti-corruption organization claims that the programme does not create appropriate guarantees for the transparent and efficient use of public…

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