Szigetszentmiklós (MTI) – The government aims to develop a state that people trust and that helps the success of the people and businesses, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday at the opening of an administrative center in Szigetszentmiklós, south of Budapest.
Revamped or newly built offices will be worthless unless the staff is well-trained and dedicated, he added.
The next few years will be dedicated to a changeover to digital administration, he said.
Orbán said the new administrative building houses, among others, the final so-called government window — a one-stop shop for citizens organising official paperwork — to be inaugurated in the country. The prime minister noted that government windows now deal with some 1,500 different administrative procedures.
Orbán said the administrative centre had been renovated from an old, run-down building for 4.4 billion forints (EUR 14.3m), which had included government funding.
He said that before Fidesz had come to power in 2010, state organisations had been in such poor conditions that citizens could “hardly take care of their administrative matters”.
Orbán added that since 2010, Hungary’s police force had been expanded by 7,100 officers, and the force is now able to ensure a constant police presence in every municipality in the country.
He also noted that the government has introduced career models for law enforcement and judiciary workers.
Government office chief János Lázár said that six years ago, when government windows first opened, there had only been 29 of them, noting that the one inaugurated in Szigetszentmiklós was the 270th one. He said government offices handled a total of 24 million administrative procedures last year.
Apart from the government window, the administrative centre also houses the local police force, judiciary and prosecutor’s office, police chief Károly Papp said at the event.