100 steps program: the government has announced a widespread reform package of world of work, welfare services and broad areas of public services and economic regulation in Hungary
In April 2005, Ferenc Gyurcsány, the Prime Minister announced the launch of a wide-ranging package of a reform steps, called 100 steps, which includes 100 reform measures in the field of of world of work, welfare services, broad areas of public services and economic regulation in Hungary.
Hungarian economy and politics is torn between the mounting pressure for a large scale reform of public governance and public services and the increasing populist overtones of the political discussion, which is not facilitating the launch of any major reform measures. The Hungarian government, a year before the next parliamentary elections, and facing with mounting budget deficit and a slowing economy has launched a wide-ranging package of 100 small scale reform measures in the field of world of work, welfare services, broad areas of public services and economic regulation in Hungary. The government hopes that the 100 reform step brings some badly needed reform of public services and public governance and shows the willingness and ability of the government to tackle mounting problems of the economy and society.
The 100 steps reform program is launched in May 2005, is consist of separate smaller reform-packages targeting one-one area of economy and society. The major areas covered by the program as follows: reform of welfare support for families with children, package of financial support for refurbishing poor-quality blocks-of flats built in the socialist era, reform of the unemployment benefit system to facilitate return to work, combating undocumented work, package for reform of the vocational training system, package for some reform measures is the health care system, reform of the tax system, reform of the pension system and issues concerning budget transfer to local governments.
The government is announcing the smaller reform packages in step by step during the year of 2005. During May and June 2005, the first 50 steps were announced by the government, which are tackling reform measures for labour market governance, vocational training, family allowance and healthcare system. The steps concerning reforms affecting labour market was discussed by the national tripartite forum (Országos Érdekegyeztető Tanács, OÉT) at the end May 2005. Social partners supported the initiatives of the government and with several suggestions contributed to the drafting process of amendments of various laws regulating world of work.
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