Keeping Training and Transport Corruption-free in Italy

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 over EUR 900 million. To find out more about each project click here.

In Italy, the indirect costs of corruption are estimated to account for 40 per cent of public procurement costs in large infrastructure projects, and organised crime plays a big role. When organised crime interferes in the competitive process by controlling and limiting the number of available local vendors, or when poorly selected contractors perform low quality work, taxpayers frequently pay more than necessary for the construction of public services. Transparency International Italia are hoping to change that by working together with government and business via two Integrity Pacts to ensure that corruption, crime and bad governance don’t stop taxpayers’ money going where it needs to.

Protecting Local Administration in Lombardy

For those seeking to enrich themselves off state funds, training programs are one of the most vulnerable targets. In 2013, PricewaterhouseCoopers determined that 44 percent of the budget for trainings in Italy and seven other European Union countries is lost to corruption. The Lombardy region of Northern Italy is seeking to prevent that from happening in a €3 million tender for technical support and training in its local administration of the European Social Fund, which promotes EU-wide employment. During the project, Transparency International Italy’s monitoring team will verify and publish reports on time, cost, payments, and any changes from the original plan.

Project details

  • Project: Cultural heritage restoration
  • Civil society monitor: Transparency International Italy
  • Contracting Authority: Lombary Regional Authority
  • Stage: Implementation
  • Project website:

Unifying the Local Transport System in Sardinia

Cagliari, the island of Sardinia’s capital city, is missing one last link before it can boast a fully integrated public transport system. The final 2.5 km extension of the city’s tram service between Piazza Repubblica and Cagliari railway station will connect the tramway with the transportation hub of the city, home to the train and suburban buses station, and hub for local bus services.

"Infrastructure appears to be among the areas most vulnerable to corruption in public procurement in Italy. Given the large resources it accounts for, this sector is more exposed to corruption and infiltration by organised criminal groups."

Transparency International Italy’s Integrity Pact with Sardinia’s Transport Agency will enable TI Italy to monitor and report on each phase of the €20 million project, including the hiring and performance of subcontractors.

Project details

  • Project: Tramway extention
  • Civil society monitor: Transparency International Italy
  • Contracting Authority: Sardinia’s Transport Agency
  • Stage: Implementation
  • Project website:

Country / Territory - Italy   
Language(s) - English   
Topic - Public procurement   
Tags - Public procurement   |   European Union   |   Integrity Pacts   |   Infrastructure   |   Italy   |   citizen participation   |   Public transport   |   clean contracts   |   Cagliari   |   Lombardy   

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