Frequently Asked Questions
Hungarikum is a collective term indicating a value worthy of distinction and highlighting within a unified system of qualification, classification, and registry and which represents the high performance of Hungarian people thanks to its typically Hungarian attribute, uniqueness, specialty and quality.
According to the National Value Pyramid’s bottom-up building system, anyone is allowed to make a suggestion for a value to the basic collections by filling out the proper standard form. After the admission, the now so-called national value can be suggested further to the Collection of Hungarian Values and the Hungarikum Committee decides whether the national value might be accepted or not. If something becomes an outstanding national value, then the petitioner has the possibility to submit it to the Collection of Hungarikums and if the Hungarikum Committee agrees the value can be named as Hungarikum.
Only values that can be found in the Collection of Hungarian Values can become Hungarikums.
A national value can be recommended to the Collection of Hungarian Values only by the petitioner whose recommendation has already been admitted to the collection of regional, departmental or Hungarian values abroad.
A national value can be recommended to the collection of regional or Hungarian values abroad, if it has already been admitted to the collection of local values abroad or Hungarian values abroad.
The above explained bottom-up building process is called the national value pyramid system.
According to the National Value Pyramid’s bottom-up building system, anyone is allowed to make a suggestion for a value to the basic collections by filling out the proper standard form and hand it in to the corresponding local or county municipality.
Anyone is allowed to make a suggetion for a value to the Collection of Hungarian Values, but it is highly recommended to do so by the original petitioner who has suggested the value to the municipal or county collection of values. If a value is already admitted to the county collection of values and has country level significance, then it can be suggested further to the Collection of Hungarian Values by filling out and handing in the corresponding standard form to the Hungarikum Committee.
Anyone is allowed to make a suggestion for a value to be submitted as Hungarikum, but it is hihgly recommended to do so by the original petitioner who has already suggested this vaue to the regional or municipal collection of values and to the Collection of Hungarian Values. If a national value is admitted to the Collection of Hungarian Values and the petitioner wishes it to become a Hungarikum, then a recommendation has to be submitted to the Hungarikum Committee by filling out the corresponding standard form.
The institution of the Hungarikum Committee was established on the 18th of October in 2012, by the Act XXX of 2012 on Hungarian national values and Hungarikums.
The committee’s main role is to protect, maintain and make widely popular the national- and outstanding national values, furthermore the Hungarikums.
Members of the committee have to be delegated by the Hungarian Parliament, the Hungarian Permanent Conference, the ministries of Hungary, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Hungarian Academy of Arts, the chairman of the National Office for Intellectual Property. The chairman of the committee is the minister in charge of agriculture.
The Hungarikum Committee’s work is supported by professional, departmental committees.
The departmental committees have a consultative, advisory and decision-supporting role. They can prejudge and suggest a recommended value to be submitted to the Collection of Hungarikums or the Collection of Hungarian Values by the Hungarikum Committee, and have the right to bring the petitioner’s attention to supplement or change the recommendation’s content.