Improving the public contracting system in the Czech Republic

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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 the Czech Republic, worth a total of over EUR 900 million. To find out more about each project click here.

The EU distributes European Structural and Investment Funds to Member States in order to modernise and strengthen their economies. This can include investment in public works such as road and railway construction, reconstruction of cultural monuments, or repair of infrastructure for health care. Through our Integrity Pacts project, we are monitoring many contracts like this across the EU to make sure that they are carried out to the highest standards of transparency, accountability and efficiency, and in the public interest.

However, if we want to ensure that money in individual projects is spent correctly, we must also have confidence in the system used for managing the distribution of funds in the first place. This is exactly the aim of the Integrity Pact that Transparency International Czech Republic has signed with the Czech Ministry for Regional Development.

The Czech Republic is set to receive EUR 24.2 billion in EU funding between 2014-2020 but audits carried out by both the Czech national Audit Authority and the European Commission have repeatedly uncovered large-scale challenges in the management of EU money. In 2012, such discoveries led to payments interruptions for all programmes being run using EU funds in the Czech Republic at the time.

As a result, the Ministry for Regional Development came up with a plan. They introduced MS2014+, a unified monitoring system for the administration of European subsidies. The online platform aims to bring transparency in the allocation of EU funds for 2014-2020 and provide more clarity of information for applicants and beneficiaries.

It has significantly simplified much of the management and distribution of EU funds in the Czech Republic. At the same time, it has been a big undertaking and not without its challenges. Now the system is being improved so that it is functional, stable, reliable, and meets user requirements. TI Czech Republic has signed an Integrity Pact with the Ministry to monitor the procurement of an IT company who will do this work and the completion of the tendered work. Although highly technical, the project will have an impact on all other EU structural fund investments in the Czech Republic – meaning that the roads, schools and hospitals built using EU funds will all rely on it.

Project details

  • Project: Upgrade of a monitoring system for distributing EU funds in the Czech Republic
  • Civil society monitor: Transparency International Czech Republic
  • Contracting Authority: Czech Ministry for Regional Development
  • Private sector contractor: tender phase ongoing
  • Project website: https://www.transparency.cz/pakty-integrity


Country / Territory - Czech Republic   
Language(s) - English   

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