Integrity Pacts – Civil Control Mechanism for Safeguarding EU Funds
The pilot project on the use of Integrity Pacts is a cooperation between DG REGIO and Transparency International. The aim is to involve civil society in public procurement processes funded by Cohesion Policy. An Intergrity Pact (IP) is an agreement between a public buyer, companies bidding for a contract and a civil society organisation. The public authority and the businesses agree to abstain form corrupt practices and allows for an independent civil society monitor to follow the procurement process and get access to documents and information from the planning throughout the implementation of an EU (Cohesion funded) project.
The pilot is being tested in 17 procurments within different sectors in 11 Member States. In 2019 the project won the EU ombudsman award for Good Administration in the category of “excellence in open administration”.