(3) Government Decree on the Office for National and Ethnic Minorities of 1990, subsequently replaced by Decrees 128/1998 and 125/2001 (VII.10)
Section 1 The Government, in compliance with the stipulations of Act LXXVII/1993 Section 62, subsection (1) on the rights of the national and ethnic minorities, shall establish an Office for National and Ethnic Minorities (hereafter: the Office) to meet the government's responsibilities related to the national and ethnic minorities in Hungary.
Section 3 The Office will
be a budgetary institution having full rights and an independent management;
its budget will be an independent title within the chapter of the Ministry
Section 4 Relating to the Government's minority policy, the Office shall
a) prepare government decisions on minority policy
b) co-ordinate the execution of the government programme with regard to the minorities;
c) contribute to the review of the Act No LXXVII/1993 on the rights of national and ethnic minorities (hereafter Minorities Act) and the related legal regulations and the preparation of amendments;
d) continuously analyse and assess the enforcement of national and ethnic minority rights, analyse and assess the position of the minorities, in order to facilitate the adoption of governmental decisions;
f) promote the exchange of views and information between the Government and minority organisations.
Section 5 With regard
to the responsibilities of public administration agencies related to the minorities,
the Office shall
a) monitor the implementation of minority tasks that belong to the scope of other public administration bodies;
c) participate in opinion forming on issues affecting the minorities and assist in the co-ordination of minority opinions;
Section 6 With regard to minority organisations, the Office shall
a) liaise with minority self-governments, the interest representing groups of the minorities and other professional organisations and provide professional assistance if so required;
b) contribute, within the framework of agreements with minority organisations, to revealing minority interests and to an assessment of particular minority needs.
Section 7 The Office shall liaise with the Parliamentary Committee dealing with minority issues and with the Ombudsman of national and ethnic minority rights.
Section 8 The office shall:
a) in the spirit of the principles of international treaties, build relations with the kin-States or linguistic kin-nations of the minorities in the interest of the national minorities living in Hungary;
b) liaise with international organisations and institutions that deal with the protection of the rights of minorities living in different countries.
Section 9 In terms of informing the public about the position of the minorities, the Office shall
a) monitor the trends of public opinion on minorities including the domestic and international press;
b) regularly inform the public on the implementation of the objectives of minority policy;
c) operate an information service to promote better information of the minority population, public administration bodies and the media;
Section 10 The Office shall
a) function as the secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Roma Issues;
b) meet the responsibilities set for the Office by the Government in the joint committees and inter-ministerial committees established by the Government.
Section 12 The Office shall contribute to the fulfillment of the tasks regarding the operation of the Hungarian Public Foundation for National and Ethnic Minorities and the Public Foundation for the Roma in Hungary.