The Hungarian government has recently approved the National Digital Citizenship Program that aims at creating more accessible online administration spaces. The first strategic phase is set to start in 2023 and end in 2026, by which time people should be able to handle almost all matters relating to public administration on their computers and phones.
Many administrative tasks can already be managed electronically in Hungary. You just need an access to Ügyfélkapu (the “Client Gate”), which is a gateway to electronic administration, and you can access the various systems relevant for taxes, healthcare, immigration, and other functions. Any natural person can apply for this access, they just need to take one trip to the closest government office (“kormányablak”) in Hungary or Hungarian consulate abroad. Learn more here.
Digital citizenship is the concept that most basic things should be available electronically, online, and automatically, without visiting a government office in person. The newly approved strategy has five main functions, some of which are already available to Ügyfélkapu users, at least in part. These are the following:
For now, there is no information available about how the current setup is going to change. With the first phase of the program set to be implemented 2023 through 2026, developments will probably be rolled out gradually. Watch this space for updates.
While the program is referred to as digital citizenship, it would make sense if the innovations became available to Hungarian residents as well. Currently there are more than 200,000 foreign citizens living, working, and studying in Hungary, and letting them access the new systems would certainly be advantageous not only to them but also to the administrators.
Since its creation in 2004, our team is doing its best to support foreigners moving to Hungary, whether they intend to set up business, enter employment, or simply be together with their family members. While our services include assistance with registration for electronic administration, we also strive to always provide you with up-to-date information about issues relevant to your stay in Hungary.
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