Supporting urban development for a sustainable future in Sicily

Filed under - Integrity Pacts Programme

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Sicily has long been the setting of organised criminal activity and even today socio-economic factors and weak policies leave public funds susceptible to graft. But that's starting to change. In recent years, more than two dozen municipalities in the Madonie area have joined forces to enact stronger procurement safeguards in hopes of boosting development implementing tools like “legality pacts”, ideal precursors to Integrity Pacts.

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.

21 Municipalities joined a Union called Unione Comuni Madonie, to share resources and public services and to act as a single purchasing body. This Union is the contracting authority of a EUR 39 million development project of the National Strategy for Inner Areas (SNAI) called “Madonie Resilienti: Laboratorio di Futuro” (Resilient Madonie: laboratory of the future). With about one-quarter of the Italian population living in remote areas far from vital services, SNAI aims to develop education, health, and transport infrastructure in the countryside. The civil society organisation Amapola will be working with local authorities to implement this Integrity Pact as the monitor of public procurement procedures selected from three crucial development areas: energy efficiency; school and education; welfare for seniors.

Country / Territory - Italy   
Topic - Public procurement   
Tags - European Union   |   Integrity Pacts   |   Infrastructure   |   Italy   |   clean contracts   |   regional development   

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