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Red Flags – Public Procurement Warning System

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The Red Flags project aims to enhance the transparency of public procurements in Hungary and support the fight against corrupt procurements. It provides an interactive tool that allows the monitoring of procurement processes and their implementation by citizens, journalists or even public officials and catch fraud risks at different stages of the procurement process. The Red Flags tool automatically checks procurement documents from the Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) and filters risky procurements through a special algorithm. Although risky does not mean corrupt, flagged procurement documents are worth checking. Users can subscribe to receive alerts if risky procurements are published (generally or in their special field of interest).

Red Flags is a common project of K-Monitor, PetaByte and Transparency International Hungary, with the support of the European Comission. The views expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

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With the financial support of the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme

European Commission – Directorate-General Home Affairs


During 2016, with support from OLAF (http://ec.europa.eu/anti-fraud/policy/hercule/), we are able to explore the potential of the Red Flags tool in two ways. Firstly, we would like to support those domestic organisations that aim to monitor the proceedings of public procurements. Secondly, our goal is to examine the possible ways of implementing the Red Flags software into the system of other Union member states’ public procurement proceedings.

On 1 June 2016, Transparency International Hungary is organising a one-day training event on the usage of the Union’s resources for state agencies responsible for overseeing the public procurement proceedings, representatives of authorities and of those state- or government-controlled companies that are potential beneficiaries of the Union’s grants. The aim of the training is to familiarize participants with the operation of the ‘RedFlags’ public procurement warning system as well as to explore the possibilities with which the device is able to support the work of the authorities.

We ask all participants to utilize the device in the following 4 months of the training and share their experience with us. Furthermore, we request they participate in the international conference of October which will be on the topic of the possible implementation of the device into other states’ s framework and co-organised by four other Union member states.

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 This event is assisted by the European Union’s Hercule III (2014-2020) programme which is supervised by the European Commission. Its foundation is to support the activities related to the protection of the European Union’s financial interest. (For further information, please visit the following webpage: http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud/about-us/funding/index_en.htm)’

This document reflects only the opinion of its author, the European Commission does not accept any responsibility for the information within.

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