Eőtvös Károly Institute

The Eötvös Károly Institute strives to improve and strengthen the citizens political culture based on the spirit of solidarity.



While the Eötvös Károly Institute pursues diverse activities, it has devoted special attention and a variety of approaches to some of the issues it has dealt with.

Party and campaign financing

The Institute has prepared a number of analytic reports to demonstrate the incompetence of current regulations governing party and campaign finance, and to lay the theoretical foundation for adopting new provisions.

We have urged vital amendments in the field by issuing positions and communiqués and by organizing events. In the first half of 2007, with the Nézőpont Intézet we co-hosted a series of negotiations attended by all of the parties represented in Parliament, in an effort to foster a consensus over the essential content of the new provisions.

You can find all our materials related to party and campaign financing on our Hungarian page here.

School and politics

Party politics often approaches voting families through school, which can easily have a harmful impact on the life of the school and childhood development. And yet it would be a mistake to altogether banish politics from our schools. After all, it is here that pupils master the knowledge that will enable them to participate actively in public affairs later in life. Through our program entitled “Politics in the School,” we have studied the ways in which politics manifests itself in the school, and attempted to channel those manifestations into a more acceptable course.

You will find all related documents on our Hungarian page here.

Electronic freedom of information

At the Eötvös Károly Institute, we consider it our greatest achievement to date to have played a major role in bringing about legislation regulating electronic freedom of information, from raising the idea through the elaboration of the legislative concept and the actual work of codification, to the final voting in Parliament. By monitoring compliance, we are currently assessing the experiences accumulated since the adoption of these provisions.

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Transparency in government

The transparent working of executive power–the central topic of several studies we have prepared–is an asset of particular importance for the Eötvös Károly Institute. We regularly issue communiqués and positions protesting non-transparent governmental practices.

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It follows from the great degree of independence of judicial power that it is checked and counterbalanced not by state executive power but by the force of publicity. It is this control through public exposure that we wish to exercise in our various studies and positions by pointing out gaps and flaws in judicial processes.

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Newspaper Ombudsman

As a first in Hungary, we undertook to serve the interests of the readership by contributing an independent regular column analyzing articles in two well-established dailies, Magyar Hírlap and later Népszabadság. Free from the pressures of editorial oversight, we evaluated each paper’s penetration of issues, credibility, accuracy, and choice of topics.

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Use of public sector data

In our work, we endeavor to find ways to encourage the government to broaden access to the national data resource, defined as information generated in the public sector that is not by default freely available for general use. In our studies we promote regulatory and organizational measures that the implementation of such a broader access presupposes.

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Human rights

Even though the Eötvös Károly Institute is not a human rights advocacy group per se, we still often make our voice heard over controversial human rights issues, and some of the research we pursue definitely has a human rights focus.

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Defence of the constitution of the republic

The Institute processes the issues of the constitution protection in different genres (conferences, publications, and public law proposals), fear of the values of the constitutional state’s revolution, and promotes the program of protection.   

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