During the European Week of Cities and Regions, 10 – 13 October 2016, in Brussels, there will be an exciting opportunity to hear first hand experience of accountability tools to safeguard EU funds.
On Wednesday, 12 October 14:30-17:00; the workshop, “Integrity Pacts – a tool to increase transparency, accountability and EU funds implementation”, organised by DG Regional and Urban Policy, will take a look at the experiences of Transparency International Chapters in Bulgaria, Hungary and Italy on using Integrity Pacts to safeguard EU funds. Four speakers from different Member States will share their experience and lessons learned with implementing Integrity Pacts. The presentations from the panel will be followed by a Q&A session.
At Transparency International we are running a four year project in 11 Member States designed to increase transparency and accountability around how EU funds are spent. Integrity Pacts are a tool for preventing corruption in public contracting. They are essentially an agreement between the government agency offering a contract and the companies bidding for it that they will abstain from bribery, collusion and other corrupt practices for the extent of the contract. To ensure accountability, Integrity Pacts also include a monitoring system typically led by civil society.
To register for the workshops, please use the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/regions-and-cities/2016/register.cfm
Registrations are open until 26 September.
The Integrity Pacts Project is funded by the European Commission: