The project provides a tool for EU member state citizens to 1) monitor EU-level public procurements in their countries with the help of a risk-analysis system (red flags) and 2) to give feedback on these public investments.
Public procurement is characterized by high corruption risks all over the EU. Contracts are awarded to pre-selected suppliers, violating public interest and the principles of fair competition. Corruption has negative economic and social impacts, it hinders innovation and leads to an erosion of values and trust towards institutions. Press and NGOs are lacking tools to be effective watchdogs. Citizens have no channels to evaluate public investments and give feedback to the state or suppliers.
Our goal is to have a sound European civil platform to monitor public procurements and help citizens being active partners in preventing corruption. We will build an automatic risk analysis tool that assists journalists, citizens and authorities to detect risky procurements and that makes it possible to give feedback to public investments. It will contribute to a more efficient spending of taxpayers money and to build up a forum where citizens feel responsible for the assets of their community.
K-Monitor and TI Hungary have developed a red flag-tool based on Hungarian procurement data with the support of the European Commission. Since the tool is built on data published in the TED, the next step would be to scale it, implement it in other EU countries and make it as interactive as possible. Therefor:
- The tool will be adapted and tested in two other countries, the Czech Republic and Poland.
It will be extended by an interface that allows citizens to evaluate procurements and give feedback. This helps to highlight best practices and popular public developments.
- A communication campaign will encourage citizens and journalists to use the tool.
- An implementation guide will be developed that helps any other NGO to replicate the open source tool in other countries of the EU.
The project has three main target groups:
- Journalists who will get daily updates on fresh procurements and possible risks in the documentation.
- Citizens who can track public investments in their neighborhood, city and evaluate them, or give feedback.
- Authorities that are lacking tools to preselect procurements that need to be investigated.
This is a unique approach to monitor public spending in Europe, since there are no such open source platforms available yet. It is also different because it allows a variety of adaptations for different social and economic environments. It fosters anti-corruption efforts with soft tools and citizens involvement.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
IT development fees 35000 EUR, Personnel (research, management, coordination) 25000, Travel accommodation 5000, PR/Communications 3000, Other 2000
Besides adopting and extending the existing tool, it is one of the main goals of this development to make it interactive and participatory. We would love to hear ideas how you would involve citizens in using the tool and encourage public institutions and investors to take part.