A collective approach to transparency
Although European citizens are benefiting from the EU’s various funding initiatives on a daily basis, whenever public funds are involved public scrutiny tends to intensify – and Lithuania is no exception. Eight organisations founded FIREFLIES, which encourages EU-funded projects to incorporate transparency into their public reporting procedures.
According to at least one public opinion poll, less than half of Lithuania’s population is satisfied with the transparency of how EU funds are allocated. In fact, the issue of transparency – and the public’s misperception of it – consistently ranks as one of the biggest challenges for EU-funded projects. To reverse this trend, the European Social Fund-backed FIREFLIES project took the issue of transparency out of the hands of EU authorities and placed it into the hands of the projects themselves – and citizens.