National Council for Telecommunications and Information Technology

The National Council for Telecommunications and Information Technology is the advisory body to the government in the field of information technology, communications and media related matters.

The most important task of the Council is to make recommendations to the government regarding the development of the information society, to prepare strategic decisions related to ICT and e-government policy, research and innovation and to analize government and ministerial decrees, and legislative proposals.

The Council also acts as mediator between the public authorities, NGOs and businesses. Its goal is to promote cooperation among these partners as well as to support the exchange of information and the transfer of market initiatives to the public sector.

The tasks, fields of competence and core activities of the NHIT are defined in the Section 120-122 of the Act CLXXXV of 2010 on Media Services and on the Mass Media.

Section 120

(1) The Nemzeti Hírközlési és Informatikai Tanács (hereinafter referred to as “NHIT”) is a body established to give counsel and advice to the Government on matters of information technology and communications.

(2) The NHIT has five members. The chairperson and deputy chairperson of the NHIT is appointed and dismissed by the Prime Minister.

(3) Members of the NHIT - including the chairperson and deputy chairperson of the NHIT - must have at least five years experience in the field of communications and/or information technology.

(4) Of the members of the NHIT:

a) two members shall be delegated by the Media Council,

b) one member shall be delegated by the Magyar Tudományos Akadémia (Hungarian Academy of Sciences).

(5) The NHIT is subject to Hungarian law only, and its members may not be instructed in their official capacity.

(6) The chairperson, deputy chairperson and members of the NHIT shall be appointed for a term of four years.

(7) Vacant seats must be filled by the body so authorized within thirty days.

(8) Government officials and public servants may also be appointed to the office of chairperson, deputy chairperson or member of the NHIT.

(9) The chairperson of the NHIT is entitled to sixty-five percent of the basic remuneration of state secretaries, the deputy chairperson of the NHIT is entitled to sixty percent of the basic remuneration of state secretaries, whereas NHIT members are entitled to fifty-five percent of the basic remuneration of state secretaries starting from the date of their appointment to the termination of their mandate, in addition to which the chairperson, deputy chairperson and members are entitled to reimbursement of expenses as well.

Section 121

(1) The NHIT may present its opinion to the Government as regards information technology, communications and media:

a) concerning the program for the implementation of information society, the dissemination of information culture and strategic decisions relating to the information society;

b) for laying down guidelines relating to research and development;

c) in connection with the perspective of people in general and the dissemination of culture; furthermore

d) for laying down regulations for the communications market, and equal treatment to all market operators;

e) for ensuring harmony between civilian and non-civilian frequency management;

f) concerning the Hungarian position to be presented at international conferences on radio communications;

g) the strategic policies presented concerning the regulation of the infrastructure of the information society and the program for the implementation of the information society.

(2) The NHIT shall assess for the Government:

a) drafts of government decrees and decrees of ministers;

b) any motion, decision and legislative proposal related to communications and information technology if requested by the Government, the Prime Minister, the minister in charge of electronic communications or the minister in charge of information technology;

c) in connection with strategic proposals relating to the regulation of the infrastructure of information society and concerning the program for the implementation of information society;

where such motions may be presented to the Government following consultation with the NHIT, with the opinion of the NHIT attached.

(3) The chairperson of the NHIT shall attend - in an advisory capacity - meetings of executive government officials held before Cabinet meetings, and - by way of invitation - in the Cabinet meeting debating the presentations referred to in Subsections (1)-(2).

(4) The chairperson of the NHIT shall have authority to invite the representatives of bodies concerned in the use of certain specific frequency bands, and in the services provided through them in an advisory capacity.

(5)  In accordance with Government program relating to the information technology, communications and media sectors, the NHIT shall be able to table its own presentations and motions on the subjects referred to in Subsections (1) and (2) to the Government, or to bodies and organizations controlled or supervised by a minister aiming to improve the efficiency of discharging their public functions relating to those subjects. The heads of the bodies and organizations aforementioned shall send their response to the presentations and motions of the NHIT to the chairperson of the NHIT within thirty days.

(6) When so appointed by the Government or the Prime Minister, the NHIT shall examine the EU and other tenders on the subjects of communications and information technology of bodies and organizations controlled or supervised by the Government or a minister for reasons of viability and economic feasibility, including their implementation, along with other projects and acquisitions relating to communications and information technology. The NHIT shall compile its findings of such examinations and send its assessment to the Prime Minister. Relying on those findings, the NHIT may submit its own presentations and motions as mentioned in Subsection (5). The bodies and organizations controlled or supervised by the Government or a minister shall cooperate with the NHIT when conducting the above-specified investigations.

(7) The NHIT shall have quorum when more than half of its members are present, with the chairperson or the deputy chairperson also in attendance. The NHIT shall adopt its decisions - with the exception of decisions regarding conflict of interest - by a simple majority, and in the case of a tie vote the vote of the chairperson shall be decisive.

(8) The NHIT shall establish its own rules of operation itself.

(9) The funds necessary for the operation of the NHIT shall be provided from the Authority’s budget. These funds may not be appropriated for any other purpose.

(10)  The Állami Számvevőszék (State Audit Office) shall oversee the financial management of the NHIT. The NHIT shall prepare a report once a year to the competent committee of the Parliament concerning its activities.

Section 122

(1) The NHIT Office (hereinafter referred to as “Office”) shall function as a department of the Authority, whose director is entitled to use the title of office director.

(2) The Office shall handle the duties relating to the operation of the NHIT and shall carry out the related administration activities.

(3) The Office’s Powers and Duties Policy shall be approved - in agreement with the chairman of the NHIT - by the President.

(4) The Office’s administrative activities shall be supervised by the Office’s manager based on the resolution of the NHIT and on the instructions of the chairman of the NHIT.

(5) The Office shall prepare materials for the NHIT for negotiations and for making decision in connection with the assessment the NHIT is required to supply to the Government and/or the Prime Minister under Subsections (1)-(2) of Section 121.

(6) The chairman of the NHIT shall directly supervise the Office’s activities in connection with preparing materials for negotiations and for making decision relating to the duties specified under Subsections (1)-(2) of Section 121.

(7) As regards employer’s rights relating to the Office manager, the President shall exercise the conclusion and termination of public service relationship on a recommendation by the chairperson of the NHIT, whereas other employer’s rights shall be exercised by the chairperson of the NHIT.

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The Council:

Vágujhelyi Ferenc
Chairman of the NHIT (appointed by the Prime Minister) 

Sik Zoltán Nándor
Vice-chairman of the NHIT (appointed by the Prime Minister)

Bancsics Ferenc
Member of the NHIT delegated by the Media Council

Dr. Pap László
Member of the NHIT delegated by the Hungarian Academy of Science

Surján László
Member of the NHIT delegated by the Media Council

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