Building Transparency and Integrity through Integrity Pacts in Europe

While the recovery after the pandemic is an open challenge, the attention is now turning at providing stimulus measures whose ultimate purpose would be to spark the economic recovery. In this scenario a well-functioning and efficient public procurement is required in order to guarantee integrity, transparency and accountability in public spending, where the EU recovery, a sustainable growth and creation of fair jobs “step up to the plate”. Integrity and transparency are among the conditions affecting the EU Commission judgement on the RRF funds disbursement that will be required every six months.
How to improve public procurement practices in Europe in this perspective? How to better involve the civil society in the public decision-making process?
The paper aims at pointing out the role of integrity pacts as an effective tool to cope with corruption and illicit practices, improving trust, accountability and democracy in the public spending procedures.