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‘BLOSSOM – Bridging long-term scenario and strategy analysis: organisation and methods’-Hungary country case study- PDF Print
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EEA Technical report, No 5/2011
European Environment Agency, 2011

This report sets out the current status of the main institutional and governance arrangements for futures thinking in Hungary with respect to environmental — and environment-related — policymaking. The report particularly tries to identify the success factors in ensuring futures thinking is embedded in environmental policymaking; however, barriers to success are also identified.

The Hungarian Government only started to introduce forward-looking thinking in the mid 1990s, as in the years immediately following 1989 there was an aversion to the long-term planning approach of the former regime. The first forward-looking initiative was the national Technology Foresight Programme (TEP), launched in 1997. More recently, long-term studies have supported the development of government policy strategies in the area of energy and climate change. However, it appears that forward-looking thinking has not become widely used in Hungary's Government.

Futures-oriented analysis and studies have influenced the sphere of policymaking in Hungary, in particular in the areas of technology foresight and energy and climate. Notably, the results of Hungary's first full-scale national foresight programme have been used in a number of strategic documents.Despite progress in these areas, government initiatives for futures-oriented analysis have not been seen in other policy fields. Moreover, it is not clear what analysis underpinned Hungary's Sustainable Development Strategy.

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