Calabria: bringing the ancient world into the modern

Filed under - Integrity Pacts Programme

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In 2016 the European Commission teamed up with Transparency International to pilot the use of Integrity Pacts for 17 projects in 11 Member States, including Italy, worth a total of EUR 900 million. To find out more about each project click here.

Famed since antiquity for its great wealth and luxury, Sibari had become a lost city, buried without a trace somewhere in the silt of the Crati delta alluvial plain in the toe of Italy. It wasn’t until the mid-20th century that archaeologists were able to rediscover the ruins of the 2,800-year-old Greek city. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in southern Italy.

Now the Ministry of Cultural Heritage is undertaking two major science and tourism projects to preserve and rejuvenate Sibari. Worth a combined €2 million, the first project involves the modernisation of the Sibari Museum; the second project will allow visitors access to a Roman-era religious temple known as the White House which was discovered by archaeologists during recent excavations.

ActionAid Italy is monitoring both contracts using Integrity Pacts, in partnership with Monithon and Gruppo Abele. They are working to make sure that the project is successful not only for its preservation of vitally important ancient history, but that the local community can also benefit economically and socially from their heritage.

Have a look at the project webpage or check in with the community on Facebook.

How do the locals monitor the project?

Civic monitoring: the voice of citizens. #IntegrityPacts in Sybaris from ActionAid Italia on Vimeo.

Take a virtual tour of the archaological park



Project details

Country / Territory - Italy   
Language(s) - English   |   Italian   
Topic - Public procurement   
Tags - Public procurement   |   European Union   |   Integrity Pacts   |   Italy   |   ActionAid   |   clean contracts   |   Sibari   

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