violazione dei diritti umani
Project

Integrity Pacts (IPACTs)

Civil control mechanisms for safeguarding EU funds

Good Governance and Citizen Participation

Partner

Gruppo Abele ONLUS, Monithon Initiative

Donor

European Commission-DG Regio, Transparency International

Stakeholders

Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Local authorities

Objective of the project

To explore and promote the use of Integrity Pacts for safeguarding EU funds against fraud and corruption, and as a tool to increase transparency and accountability, enhance trust in authorities and government contracting, contribute to a good reputation of contracting authorities, bring cost savings and improve competition through better procurement

Context analysis

The European Union supports a large number of projects and programs in different Member States and it is responsible to ensure the correct use of funds in the former. However, national governments are the ones directly responsible for managing and controlling the funds through adopting and implementing legislations on public contracts. Managing public contracts is exposed to a lot of risks including misuse of funds, corruption, bribery etc. and not all the Member States have efficient regulations and control mechanisms. In this regard, the Integrity Pacts (IP) is one potential control mechanism that has been introduced. It consists of  an agreement signed by the contracting authority, the bidding participants and an independent third-party control entity to monitor and report on potential irregularities emerged during the different phases of the tender procedure and/or the implementation of the contract. IPs aim to ensure public institutions’ accountability and the rule of a fair competition.

Sibari, Sibari, CS, Italia

The project is implemented in the archeological area of Sibari (Calabria Region).

Implementation Period

01/12/2016 - 31/12/2019

Beneficiaries

Direct

  • 30 citizens engaged as civic monitors
  • 4 school classes participating to field visits
  • 2 private companies and their employees
  • 1 contracting authority

Indirect

  • Citizens of local communities in the Sibari area
  • Economic actors that may participate to future bids
  • Visitors of the archaeological area

Project Intervention Logic

Activities

  • Contract signature with authorities
  • Civic monitoring laboratories and webinars
  • Field visits
  • Legal/technical support

Outputs

Integrity Pacts are promoted as tools to improve transparency and accountability of public contracts

Outcomes

  • Better procedures and parameters for monitoring, reviewing and analyzing public tenders will be put in place
  • Improved open data sources will be available
  • Civil society actors will be able to make use of Integrity Pacts to monitor public contracts

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