EVENT: Integrity Watch 3.0: towards a European Community of Transparency, Integrity and Accountability

Pia Engelbrecht-Bogdanov
20 November, 2023

Where: Radisson Collection Hotel, Grand Place Brussels
When: 28 November 2023, 14:30–20:00, including networking buffet and drinks

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How can we unleash the full potential of transparency as a tool for safeguarding democracy across the Union?

What common norms of political integrity can raise standards both at national level and in Brussels?

How can civil society organisations and national enforcement agencies strengthen cooperation to prevent scandals and promote governance in the public interest?

Which role should the EU institutions play in promoting transparency, integrity and accountability following the European Parliament elections in 2024?

Our Integrity Watch 3.0 project, funded by the European Commission Security & Police Fund, harnesses the realm of hard-to-reach data in lobbying, political finance, asset and financial declarations, public procurement and beneficial ownership registers in 16 EU Member States and two EU institutions. To mark the end of the project, we’re hosting a final conference, bringing together national experts, project partners, EU officials and key stakeholders to share field experiences, lessons learned, successes and challenges in the use of data as an anti-corruption tool. In particular, we’ll be focusing on using data to counter both internal and external threats to political integrity in light of the EU’s proposed Defence of Democracy package. We’ll also be looking at cross-border cooperation in the fight against corruption, taking stock of ways in which transparency and accountability can foster EU integration. The occasion will be a fantastic opportunity to kickstart common reflections on the future of the fight against political corruption.


14:30 – 15:00: Registration & welcome coffee/tea

15:00 – 15:05: Welcome by the moderator

Carl Dolan, Senior Advisor | Cabinet of the European Ombudsman 

15:05 – 15:20: Keynote speech

Daniel Eriksson, Chief Executive Officer | Transparency International

15:20– 15:40: Integrity Watch 3.0: online tools to foster political integrity in the EU

Kevin Gernier Project Officer | Transparency International France

Raphael Kergueno Senior Policy Officer | Transparency International EU

Lidia Marchenko Analyst | Transparency International Czechia

15:40 – 16:40 Safeguarding European democracy through transparency and open data

Moderated by: Car Dolan, Senior Advisor | Cabinet of the European Ombudsman 

Marie Lintzer, Head of International Partnerships | French High Authority for Transparency in Public Life

Matti Van Hecke, Head of Secretariat | European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association (EPACA)

Ieva Dunčikaitė, Project Leader | Transparency International Lithuania

Nick Aiossa, Acting Director | Transparency International EU


16:40 – 17:00: Coffee break

17:00 – 18:00: A political community without common norms and practices? Cross-border cooperation against corruption to strengthen EU integration

Moderated by: Alberto Allemano, Founder | The Good Lobby

Daniel Freund, Shadow Rapporteur, Combating Corruption Directive | Member of the European Parliament

Daiva Repečkaitė | Investigative Journalist

Carina Paju, Senior Regional Coordinator | Open Government Partnership

József Péter Martin, Executive Director | Transparency International Hungary

Martins Kucins, Senior Inspector | Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau

18:00 – 18:10: Closing remarks

18:10 – 20:00: Networking Buffet & Drinks

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The Integrity Watch 3.0 project is co-funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund — Police.