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Tibor Navracsics, the minister of regional development, signed strategic cooperation agreements with representatives of 17 scientific, church, charitable, interest representation and civil society organisations on Tuesday. The minister signed 13 similar agreements with higher education institutions last week. The idea is to enhance consultations within an organised framework concerning draft legislation and common strategic goals of society and the government, Navracsics said, noting that parliament adopted the Act on Legislation in 2010, introducing institutionalised social consultation between ministries and organisations with specialist expertise. “This was all forgotten somewhat in the initial great rush to pass laws, so we thought that … we’d once again turn to those who know much more than we do…” Navracsics said. Agreements were signed by various charities, religious groups and social organisations, including the Baptist Charity, the Hungarian Maltese Charity, the Association of Hungarian Conservationists, the Hungarian Urban Planning Society and the Hungarian Red Cross, and the National Association of Local Governments, among others.