Above all, the Commissioner for Future Generations is an environmental ombudsman. As one of Hungary’s four parliamentary ombudsmen his principal responsibility is to safeguard citizens’ constitutional right to a healthy environment.
In this capacity he investigates complaints relating to a broad range of environmental issues such as the degradation of urban green areas, noise pollution by aviation, licensing of individual industrial installations, etc.
Secondly, as a guardian of future generations, he acts as a policy advocate for sustainability issues across all relevant fields of national or local legislation and public policy. This varies from the financing of environmental authorities, through the role of civil society in environmental decision-making to transport infrastructure development.
Finally, the Commissioner aims to develop a strategic scientific research network through undertaking or promoting projects targeting the long term sustainability of human societies.