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Integrity Pacts – Civil Control Mechanism for Safeguarding EU Funds

Integrity Pacts – Civil Control Mechanism for Safeguarding EU Funds


The Neris River runs through the centre of Vilnius, Lithuania's capital, and its banks are one of the most beloved public spaces in the city. The Vilnius Municipality is revitalising the riverside area with new paths, cycle lanes, and amenities.

The total budget for the project is €10.5 million. To make sure that this money is spent in the best interests of the people of Vilnius, the municipal authorities have committed to work with Transparency International Lithuania via an Integrity Pact to open up the process to greater public scrutiny.

In 2016, the Lithuanian government spent over €4 billion on public contracts – over 40 per cent of the country’s national budget. Since the Public Procurement Office only has the capacity to thoroughly evaluate around 3.4 per cent of high-value procurement procedures, space for corruption in the public procurement process remains a threat.

Transparency International Lithuania’s team of experts in contracting and legal issues are following the project step by step to make sure that the funds allocated are well spent.