Anti-corruption toolkit for public bodies

ACT! is a European project co-funded by the European Commission through the Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs.

It started on 1 February 2019 and runs until 31 March 2021, with a transnational consortium made up of several European organisations operating in the fight against corruption.

The partnership is coordinated by Transparency International Italia with the presence of the following Italian, Spanish and Greek organisations: OnData, the Openpolis Foundation, Avviso Pubblico (in collaboration with Re-Act), VouliWatch, Access Info Europe.

The project focuses, mainly, on two areas: (i) developing data management and risk management tools that allow the civic oversight of areas at high risk of corruption and with a significant economic and social impact (budgets, public procurement procedures, legislative processes), and (ii) promoting the implementation of good practices at the European level.

The project aims to prevent corruption at the municipal or city level by promoting an online platform equipped with tools to improve the identification and the reporting of cases of corruption. The platform also promotes the civic oversight of vulnerable sectors (budgets, public procurement procedures, and legislative processes) mainly in three countries, Italy, Spain, and Greece and involves a principal European city in each of the regional areas: Milan, Madrid, and Athens.

Five tools have been developed as part of the project to support public bodies:

1. a whistleblowing tool to simplify the process of submitting and managing reports of cases of corruption and to improve the protection of whistleblowers;
2. a tool to evaluate the access to information rules and its implementation by municipalities;
3. an open government portal to increase the transparency of legislative processes, where citizens can oversee meetings involving public decision-makers and their financial interests;
4. an open data portal for public contracts;
5. an internal tool to support cities in analysing and preventing any risk of corruption.