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Safeguarding EU funds against fraud & corruption through the civil control mechanism of Integrity Pacts
International conference in Budapest on 17-18 February 2014

blank blankPublic procurement is one of the six key corruption risk hot spots across Europe.1 Transparency International Hungary considers action against public corruption as one of its main missions. We work to combat fraud and collusion in procurement, for fair and open competition in business, and promote this principle of growing importance in Europe and Hungary in the public and the private sector alike.

On February 17-18, 2014 a large-scale international seminar will take place in Budapest, organized by Transparency International Hungary, with the participation of over 40 stakeholders from more than 10 countries. The seminar is the peak event of a project aimed at exploring and publicizing the Integrity Pact: a highly effective cleaning method of public procurement.

We aim to:

  • Introducing the Integrity Pact as an innovative idea and methodology to prevent corrupt public procurements affecting the EU’s financial interests as well as those of individual states who benefit from EU funds.
  • Creating a forum, both nationally in each partner country and internationally, for the exchange of experience, information and best practices in monitoring EU funded procurements with civil participation.
  • Developing mutual links and a forum to enable stakeholders and participants to effectively use the Integrity Pacts in concrete cases involving EU funds.

An additional objective is to work on the development of a common, EU-level method of prevention of fraud through the use of IPs, together with EU level experts and all the involved decision makers. Another additional objective is to raise interest of EU funding bodies in the possibility of regarding IPs as a soft requirement for funding, interpreting the will of a public or private sector body to use IPs as a sign of commitment to transparency and fairness.

 This event is supported by the European Union Programme Hercule II (2007-2013). This programme is implemented by the European Commission. It was established to promote activities to combat fraud affecting the EU’s financial interests, including cigarette smuggling and counterfeiting. (for more information see http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud/about-us/funding/index_en.htm)

The present material reflects the author’s view and that the European Commission is not responsible for the views displayed in the publications and/or in conjunction with the activities for which the grant is used. The information contained in this publication does not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of the European Commission.

The project is also supported by:

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