Working to keep Portugal’s landmarks clean

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

Situated on a hill almost half way between Lisbon and Porto, the city of Coimbra was the capital of Portugal until the 13th century. Today it remains a thriving university town on the banks of the Mondego River, still dominated by the Renaissance churches and buildings that made it so famous. Not surprisingly, some of these historic monuments require regular renovation. This includes the 11th century church Sao João de Almedina and the nearby Machado de Castro National Museum.

For this Integrity Pact project, Transparência e Integridade, Associação Cívica (TI Portugal) is working with the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage on the €1 million restoration of these two buildings.

This is a high profile project not least because of the importance of the site itself – more than 200,000 tourists visit Coimbra each year. But it will also show Portuguese citizens that there are practical ways to control the corruption in public services. According to surveys, corruption ranks as one of the greatest problems facing the Portuguese government.

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The goal is to monitor the procurement process in a transparent way so that everyone can be sure the money is well spent, that there are no conflicts of interest or favouritism in the contracts, and that the proposed building works come in on time and on budget.

Country / Territory - Portugal   
Language(s) - English   
Topic - Public procurement   
Tags - Public procurement   |   Integrity Pacts   |   portugal   

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