Conference "Integrity Pacts - Safeguarding EU Funds" - Brussels, 5 May

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08:30 – 09:30

REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE

09:30 – 10:00

OPENING
Chair:  Mr. Sergejus Muravjovas, Board Member of Transparency International
Professor Kevin Morgan, special adviser to Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu
Mr. Miklos Marschall, Deputy Managing Director, Transparency International

10:00 – 10:30

PLENARY SESSION I: RISK FACTORS of IRREGULARITIES in PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
Chair: Mr. Pascal Boijmans, Head of Unit Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
General overview of corruption risks and public procurement, setting the scene for subsequent thematic Integrity Pact sessions. Background will be presented on risk factors of corruption and financial irregularities in public procurement. The new EU regulatory framework obligations for 2014-2020 cohesion funding period will be discussed.
Mr. Walter Deffaa, Director General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission PDFen
Mr. Jan Maarten de Vet, Director of Ecorys Brussels N.V. PDFen
Dr. Mihály Fazekas, Research Associate University of Cambridge, United Kingdom PDFen

10:30 – 11:00

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

11:00 – 11:30

COFFEE BREAK

11:30 – 12:00

PLENARY SESSION II: PUBLIC PROCUREMENT MONITORING MECHANISMS

Chair: Mr. Mathias Huter, Executive Director for Forum Informationsfreiheit
Introduction of civil society monitoring mechanisms in public procurement projects, highlighting the benefits of these tools for managing authorities, member states, Commission, as well  as the general public.
Mr. William Nero, Programme Officer with the International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA), Basel Institute on Governance PDFen
Ms. Zuzana Dančíková, Transparency International Slovakia PDFen
Ms. Anita Koncsik, Lawyer & Senior Researcher, K-Monitor Public Benefit Association, Hungary PDFen

12:00 – 12:30

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

12:30 – 14:00

LUNCH

14:00 – 15:15

PLENARY SESSION III: INTEGRITY PACTS – INTRODUCTION AND LEARNING 
Chair: Ms. Anja Osterhaus, Regional Programme Manager Europe and Central Asia Department, Transparency International
This session will introduce the concept of Integrity Pacts and share experience of how this tool works in practice. A case study of Integrity Pacts in Bulgaria will be presented, followed by the findings from a recent learning review on experiences with Integrity Pacts that have been applied in different Member States. The examples will show the flexibility and adaptability of Integrity Pacts in different national/project contexts so that key stakeholders can conceptualise Integrity Pacts operating in their respective Member States.
Ms. Michaela Rajkova, Project and Financial Manager, Transparency International Bulgaria PDFen
Mr. Roland Blomeyer, Director of Blomeyer & Sanz, co-author Integrity Pact Review PDFen
Mr. Mike Beke, Blomeyer & Sanz, co-author Integrity Pact Review

15:15 – 16:15

COFFEE  NETWORKING BREAK

16:15 – 17:30

PANEL DISCUSSION: INTEGRITY PACTS CASE STUDIES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Chair: Ms. Anja Osterhaus, Regional Programme Manager Europe and Central Asia Department, Transparency International
Key participants in the Integrity Pact model (Civil society organization, monitor, managing authority, and private sector) will discuss their experiences with and expectations towards this tool. This will demonstrate unique perspectives from each stakeholder, as well as help illustrate stakeholder roles, responsibilities and relations management between member state authorities, civil society and private sector participants. Interested stakeholders who have no experience with Integrity Pacts but believe that their implementation could be beneficial in their national contexts will also share their views. This discussion will incorporate questions from the audience.
Ms. Alíz Szloboda, Head of public sector programs, Transparency International  Hungary en
Mr. Jeffrey Sújar, Vice-President Managing Director Western Europe, Hill International PDFen
Ms. Sílvia Estêvão , Directorate General of Cultural Heritage, Portugal PDFen
Ms. Andreja Zeljko, Head of Unit for Risk Management, Audit Coordination and Revision at the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, Croatia PDFen

17:30 – 17:45

TRANSITION BREAK

17:45 – 18:00

CLOSING REMARKS
Mr. Pascal Boijmans, Head of Unit Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
Mr. Carl Dolan, Director, Transparency International EU Office

18:00 – 19:00

NETWORKING COCKTAIL RECEPTION