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Strengthened synergy between the integrity management system and the internal control system

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As of 1st October 2016 a new regulation came into force in Hungary. By the virtue of which a close connection was created between the integrity management system and the internal control system of the public administration organizations. The renewed and renamed risk management system and the integrity advisor became the main common elements of the integrity management system and the internal control system. The risk management system got an emphatically comprehensive role, definition and name: the ‘integrated risk management system’. The ‘integrated’ attributive expresses that within the organization only one risk management system is prescribed to be operated, which encompasses the management of all kind of risks (corruption and integrity risks, IT security risks, organizational security risks, HR risks, data protection risks etc…), thus all of the previously separately managed types of risks became the part of a coordinated risk management process. Since the integrity advisor has been a central actor of the integrity management system, he or she became the key element of the internal control system too, and received the task of coordinating the risk management system and of the creating the control environment within public administrative organizations. Three methodical guidelines were published by the Ministry of Interior, together with the Ministry of Finance (previously Ministry of National Economy) so as to help with the authentic implementation of the new regulations.


The three main pillars of the Hungarian version of the integrity management system are the following ones: the integrity development cycle, the integrity advisor and the examination process of events that violate the organizational integrity. The integrity advisor has a two-fold role in the public administration. In the one hand he or she have to enjoy the confidence of the head of the organization and in other hand of the staff. It is the main task of an integrity advisor to help the leader to strengthen the integrity of the organization.


The main challenge of the integrity advisors were to achieve the recognition within the organization, and to prepare methodically correct risk analysis. The main challenge in the operation of the internal control system was the lack of the professional operative coordination and the widespread misunderstanding of the scope and the nature of the system.


The integrated risk management system that aims at harmonizing the internal control system and integrity management systems provides an optimal environment for a wide range of public sector organisations tu develop their integrity management systems. The National Protective Service developed guidelines to support implementation of the system, furthermore it monitors and analyses the risk management activities of and important segment of public sector organisations, namely the public administration organizations.


Award info
Award category: new solutions to complex challenges - a public sector citizen-centric, sustainable and fit for the future - european or national level
Award type: submission
Award year: 2019
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
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Keywords: integrity management, internal control
Short English description: As of 1st October 2016 a new regulation came into force in Hungary. By the virtue of which a close connection was created between the integrity management system and the internal control system of the public administration organizations. The renewed and renamed risk management system and the integrity advisor became the main common elements of the integrity management system and the internal control system. The risk management system got an emphatically comprehensive role, definition and name: the ‘integrated risk management system’.
Further information
Organisation: Nationa Protective Service
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Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 6-10
Country: Hungary
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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Strengthened synergy between the integrity management system and the internal control system (47.5001772673955, 19.110610485076904)
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