A stronger EIB integrity and accountability framework
The first thematic session of the afternoon looked at the role of innovative approaches and big data to tackle fraud and corruption. In particular, participants explored how analyses of data available could efficiently complement approaches based on allegations of prohibited conducts. The Bank presented its proactive integrity review, a risk-based approach developed to detect potential misconducts.
These innovative approaches can produce many positive outcomes, although participants insisted on the critical role of human judgement. Sophisticated approaches need sophisticated users, and capacity building might be required for civil society to be able to play its role in full.
The discussion moved from integrity to accountability during the last thematic session of the seminar during which the Bank reported back to civil society on the outcome of the Public Consultation on the EIB Complaints Mechanism Policy. It was an opportunity to detail how the new policy reinforced the independence of the Complaints Mechanism as well as answering questions about changes such as the new EIB Project Procurement Complaints System.