International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually on 9 December, since the United Nations Convention Against Corruption came into effect in December 2005. The Convention, adopted by the UN General Assembly, was declared to raise awareness of corruption and its negative effects.

Hungary joined the International Anti-Corruption Academy in September 2010, an organization which was initiated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the Republic of Austria, and other stakeholders. The other milestone in Hungary’s anti-corruption measures was an anti-corruption declaration for the coordinated and effective government measures against corruption, signed by the Minister of Public Administration and Justice, the president of the State Audit Office of Hungary and the Attorney General.

The Hungarian government accepted a corruption prevention scheme on 28 March 2012, which was a huge step forward in the fight against corruption, as there has not been this kind of programme on a governmental level since the democratic transition. The Hungarian government is committed to improve the level of trust towards our state and guarantee with every available instrument the responsible management of public funds. 

The Human Rights Working Group also supports the government’s steps against corruption.