Transparency International EU Office
Integrity Watch is a user-friendly website that provides a unique overview of the activities and incomes of members of the Parliament. The aim is to bring the existing technology and expertise from EU Integrity Watch to eight EU member states by creating their own national online platform.
Germany, Spain, France
Political decisions are increasingly taken at the European level. Due to the multi-level governance and intergovernmental structure of the EU we need to monitor members of the European Parliament as well as national politicians in the capitals that shape positions of the European Council.
Multi-level politics need multi-level monitoring. In order to regain the trust of citizens in the EU it is essential to increase civic engagement and the integrity of Institutions. Integrity Watch can play an important role in that process – combining information at EU and national level.
In addition, this project will be embedded in the overall work of Transparency International and contribute to the global fight against corruption and the promotion of integrity, transparency and accountability.
Within one year, this project will set up 8 national versions of Integrity Watch in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Spain. TI EU will provide the technology, expertise and the training to ensure that each platform can be run independently by our national chapters. We will coordinate the roll-out and take on responsibility for (social) media campaigning.
New empirical evidence will support TI in its campaigns to bring about reforms. The project will also allow us to extend and intensify our transnational cooperation with other organizations working on similar issues. We would like to see a wide range of actors using this tool within the first year telling us that this fills an essential gap.
Exporting the website to the national level will happen through a combination of (i) technical assistance in designing, adapting and translating the website (ii) tailored demonstration and training for our chapters and (iii) and the marketing through media, social media and event/conference participation.
Building on experience and expertise at EU level, the basic infrastructure is set-up together with local partners. Our open data and open software approach will allow us to easily adapt the existing technology and website structure to the demands in each member state.
Training for TI chapters and other partners will be backed-up by regular online and in-person support during the launch phase. The aim is that national platforms will be sustainable and self-supporting.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe