Transparency International Croatia held a conference on 10 June 2015 in Zagreb entitled, "Integrity Pacts – Preventing Fraud in Public Procurement through Civil Society Oversight Mechanisms" as part of the first phase of a joint-project implemented by Transparency International in cooperation with the European Commission. Together with the foreign dignataries, the conference was attended by 72 representatives from civil society associations, Croatian ministries and numerous others from the public and private sector.
This conference was intended for users of ESI funds, investors, public authorities and civil society organizations. Best practices for the implementation of integrity pacts were shared as well as the effects they have on the prevention of corruption. The Integrity Pacts Handbook and Transparency in the private sector, TI-Croatia’s most recent publications, were also presented.
The conference was opened by Davorka Budimir, President of Transparency International Croatia.
"Transparency is in the interest of society as a whole because it is a prerequisite for the responsibility of public authorities. For measures and tools to prevent fraud and corruption in ESI funds, it is necessary to develop a culture of transparency for all stakeholders that is based on partnership and co-responsibility."
After a short welcoming speech by Inguna Kramiņa, the representative of DG-Regional and Urban Policy from the European Commission, started the first panel on the topic of risk factors and irregularities in public procurement procedures. Chairing the panel was Vice President of TI-Croatia, Don Markušić. Speakers included: Ágnes Czibik, Analyst at Corruption Research Center Budapest, Goran Matešić, President of the State Commission for Public Procurement Procedures, Filko Cezner, Assistant Minister of Economy and Tatjana Borovina from the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds.
The second panel discussed integrity pacts as civil control mechanisms, stressing their importance as well as best practices and examples of their implementation. Panelists included Michael Rajkova, Project and finance manager with Transparency International Bulgaria; Ana Fresl, Executive Director of PJR Consulting; Georgios Chatzigiagkou, Senior consultant at Logical Matrix d.o.o. and Marijan Škvarić, Mayor of the city of Lepoglava.
After each panel guests had the opportunity to comment or ask questions of the speakers. Panelists encouraged those in the audience to join in on the debate and, in particular, to pose questions regarding the practical application of integrity pacts.
The conference was closed by TI-Croatia President Davorka Budimir and European Commission representative, Inguna Kramiņa.
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