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Integrity Pacts – Civil Control Mechanism for Safeguarding EU Funds

Timeline - Integrity Pacts – Civil Control Mechanism for Safeguarding EU Funds

May 2015

Transparency International and DG Regio launch a pilot project to work towards ensuring clean contracting in the European Structural and Investment Funds.

Transparency International and DG Regio launch two calls for expression of interest from contacting authorities and civil society organisations interested in piloting Integrity Pacts in projects co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Fund, 17 applicants are shortlisted.

January 2016

The pilot project involving monitoring of 17 public procurement projects across 11 countries gets underway.

Project kick-off meeting in Berlin with project partners.

April 2016

Project kick-off meeting in Berlin with project partners.

June 2016

Integrity Pact Partner Event in Brussels with Managing and Contracting Authorities involved in the project.

January 2017

May 2017

Civil society monitors meet in Vilnius to discuss progress and take stock.

August 2017

Civil society monitors submit their reports covering the period January to June 2017.

December 2017

All project partners including contracting authorities, government officials and winning bidders meet in Bucharest to take stock of the project at the halfway point. Read our analysis here.

January 2018

6 additional Integrity Pacts have been signed in Lithuania, Romania, Italy.

February 2018

Civil society monitors submit their reports covering the period July to December 2017.

August 2018

Civil society monitors submit their reports covering the period January to June 2018.

November 2018

All project partners, contracting authorities, government officials, private sector representatives and representatives from the European Commission meet in Brussels to share lessons learned and look to the future.

December 2018

3 final Integrity Pacts have been signed in Greece, Portugal and Romania.

March 2019

Civil society monitors submit their reports covering the period July-December 2018.

June 2019

The Integrity Pacts project receives two important recognitions. The initiative is awarded the European Ombudsman’s Award for Good Administration 2019 in the category “Excellence in open administration.” During the G20 Summit in Osaka, the G20 Compendium of Good Practices for Promoting Integrity and Transparency in Infrastructure Development is published, which features Integrity Pacts as an effective collaborative approach to assessing and mitigating the risk of corruption in infrastructure development.

July 2019

Civil society monitors submit their reports covering the period January to June 2019.

August 2019

Registration opens for the annual European Week of Regions and Cities on 7-10 October 2019, where Integrity Pacts partners will host two sessions to highlight how the European cities and regions benefit when governments, companies and citizens commit to clean contracting.

October 2019

Civil society monitors meet in Brussels to discuss progress and take stock. Integrity Pacts are showcased at the European Week of Regions and Cities.

November 2019

The Integrity Pacts team shares experience and achievements in engaging affected communities in the monitoring of public spending at the Citizen Engagement Festival organised by the Joint Research Centre in Brussels.

December 2019

DG REGIO and Transparency International sign the extension of the IP project until December 2021. In 2019, three IPs concluded: Czech Republic; Latvia; Lombardy, Italy.

February 2020

Integrity Pacts showcased at the DG REGIO high-level conference “Engaging citizens for good governance in Cohesion Policy”. The IP project is featured in the Economist Intelligence Unit publication “The future of public spending: Why the way we spend is critical to the Sustainable Development Goals.”

March 2020

Civil society monitors submit their reports covering the period July to December 2019.

May 2020

Civil society monitors meet online to discuss progress and take stock.

June 2020

Integrity Pacts are mentioned as a good practice in UNODC’s “Set of non-binding recommendations and conclusions based on lessons learned regarding the implementation of chapters III and IV of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Recommendations on the use of IPs to capture human rights aspects are included in the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights report “Connecting the business and human rights and anti-corruption agendas”.

August 2020

Registration opens for the European Week of Regions and Cities 2020, which this year will be held online. On 7 October, the Integrity Pacts project will host the session “Join the civic Mapathon!” to present the work done by TI Italy in Cagliari and show how georeferencing can stimulate the engagement of citizens in monitoring public tenders. Register by 27 September.