Joining forces for integrity: The role of transparency and stakeholder engagement in the implementation of large-scale projects - EIB Stakeholder Engagement Workshop
- Date: 09 December 2016Time : 10.00 To 12.00
- EIB Brussels office, 6 Rond-Point Robert Schuman
But everywhere in the world you also have individuals who are ready to
commit themselves to tackle it”
On Friday 9 December, to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day, the EIB organised a stakeholder engagement workshop on integrity of large-scale projects in the Brussels office and, in parallel, an internal seminar on anti-corruption in Luxembourg.
The workshop in Brussels, organised by the EIB’s Civil Society Division, discussed the role of civil society organisations in reinforcing the integrity of large-scale projects. Over twenty civil society representatives participated alongside speakers representing Transparency International (TI), the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST), Siemens, OLAF and the EIB’s Fraud Investigations Division (IG/IN).
The workshop was an opportunity for the EIB and its stakeholders to engage with each other in a constructive dialogue and to learn from their respective expertise and practices. The discussion was organised around three main questions:
- What are the shapes and forms of corruption in large scale-projects and the current strategies to tackle it?
- What role can civil society organisations (CSOs) play in order to tackle corruption?
- What can we learn from the programmes currently implemented by CSOs and what could be the next steps?
These themes were discussed in a question and answer format leading to rich exchanges between panellists and participants.
Corruption, an ever-evolving matter
It emerged that, in the same way as corruption practices are constantly evolving, the understanding of such practices and the willingness to tackle the issues therein is also developing across society.
In that respect, programmes like those of TI (Integrity Pacts) and CoST offer examples of frameworks successfully bringing together all the key stakeholders as well as creating synergies between participants’ different roles and skills (i.e. procurement analysis, understanding of the local situation, technical knowledge relevant to the project, etc.).
Different stakeholders for greater transparency
These multi-stakeholder approaches build on the greater transparency ensured by the commitments taken by all parties. The information provided is collectively analysed and made available to the public at large in an accessible format. It therefore allows citizens, journalists, businesses, local and national governments, judicial authorities as well as funders like the EIB to take their responsibilities when potential situations of fraud or corruption are flagged.
However, the complementary role played by CSOs relies on their ability to secure the required expertise and financial resources. This was identified as a serious challenge at a time of increased pressure on CSOs in many countries. In that respect, speakers underlined the need for coordinating efforts across countries in order to avoid overlaps.
Additionally, a representative of DG REGIO present in the audience described the financial support provided by the EU to 17 integrity pacts pilots located in 11 EU Member States.
The programme of the event and bio of the speakers can be found here.
The Civil Society Division would like to thank IG/IN colleagues for their collaboration in organising this event.