In 2016, EU Commission funded the program “Integrity Pacts - Civil Control Mechanism for Safeguarding EU Funds”. Across 11 countries selected CSOs implement Integrity Pact and Civic Monitoring practices to prevent corruption. We want to study the impact of the program to share this knowledge in Messina in a "Civic Monitoring School". This is important because our city approved a deliberation that provides Integrity Pact + Civic Monitoring as mandatory methodology to monitor local procurements.
The civic monitoring school will give to a large group of active citizens the competence to monitor the correct use of the European funds. As provided by a municipality’s deliberation, a little percentage of the fund for each project will be used to finance the related civic monitoring activities.
A successful outcome would be the building a local civic monitoring ecosystem which carries on the workload of bridging citizens and governments and monitoring public procurements. This ecosystem is in our opinion one of the real key to reach an effective level of representative democracy.
We have to collect results on the impact of EU pilot program across 11 European countries. We have to share these results during the "Civic Monitoring School" in Messina. This knowledge exchange will permit to start the pilot monitoring process in Messina (the building of the new Palace of Justice in Messina is the selected pilot public procurement to experiment with civic monitoring) with a lot of more experience coming from the lesson learned by the CSO that already implemented Integrity Pact.
PWI aims at boost, fasten and give legitimacy to the local administrations interested in implementing Open Government and civic monitoring practices. Our action is inspired to a relational conception of democracy, thus we try to active relationship among various actors at the local level.
Ensuring a more correct use of the EU funds would improve citizens’ life, generate savings, sustain the civic monitoring ecosystem, and, in perspective, a better and participatory design on how to use the funds.
Does anyone want to experiment with Integrity Pact and civic monitoring to prevent corruption on local public procurements?