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Accountability, loading: A survey of open data for enhancing political integrity in the Western Balkans and Türkiye

Political integrity means consistently exercising political power for the common good, independent from private interests, and not leveraging power to maintain the wealth and position of office holders. To minimise the risk of undermining political integrity, it is essential to ensure that political officeholders are free from the undue influence of vested interests, that inclusive and open opportunities exist for influencing decision-making, and that office holders are held accountable for using power for private gain.

This report underscores how open data can be used to uphold political integrity in the Western Balkans and Türkiye, focusing on three key areas: political financing, law-making and resource allocation. These three areas are of particular significance for anti-corruption and political integrity in the region given the existing evidence of opaque political finance, the undue influence of vested interests in law-making and favouritism in public contracting.

The report analyses and compares 11 datasets pertaining to political integrity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia and Türkiye.