Vilnius: revitalising the water front in plain sight

Filed under - Integrity Pacts Programme

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The Neris River runs through the centre of Vilnius, Lithuania's capital, and its banks are one of the most beloved public spaces in the city. Now the Vilnius Municipality plans to revitalise the riverside area with new paths, cycle lanes, and amenities.

The total budget for the project is EUR 10.5 million. To make sure that this money is spent in the best interests of the people of Vilnius, the municipal authorities have committed to work with Transparency International Lithuania via an Integrity Pact to open up the process to greater public scrutiny. TI Lithuania will seek to make the spending more transparent to help ensure the money earmarked for the project is well spent.

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

Last year the Lithuanian government spent over EUR 4 billion on public contracts – that’s over 40 per cent of the Lithuania’s 2016 national budget. However, as the Public Procurement Office only has the capacity to thoroughly evaluate around 3.4 per cent of high-value procurement procedures, space for corruption in the public procurement process remains a threat.

TI Lithuania is building a team of relevant experts in contracting and legal issues to ensure that it will have the relevant experience to follow the project step by step. One important issue is to ensure than none of the participants have any ties with the contractors or the authorities to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest. TI Lithuania also intends to hire engineers for the construction consultancy.



Country / Territory - Lithuania   
Topic - Public procurement   
Tags - Public procurement   |   Integrity Pacts   |   Vilnius   |   Transparency International Lithuania   |   citizen participation   |   Lithuania   |   clean contracts   

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