European Week of Regions and Cities
7-10 OCTOBER 2019 Brussels

Civil society helping to bring ESIF closer to citizens

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Thu 10, October 2019
11:30 - 13:00
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Since 2016, the DG REGIO supported Integrity Pact initiative has helped civil society to build their capacity to play a leading role in monitoring use of ESIF funding and in stimulating broader engagement. What difference is this making and how can the benefits take hold beyond the project? This workshop will enable MEPs, national, regional and local politicians and officials, and others to be inspired by hearing from those at the heart of this initiative – civil society and government representatives drawn from 11 member states.

A wide range of stakeholders have an interest in or interact with the processes through which ESIF funding is spent. Yet not all stakeholders are actively involved and at times this leads to a sense of distance from Europe. The Integrity Pact process seeks to address this by breaking down barriers and improve interaction between stakeholders and opportunities for broader engagement with the ultimate goal of transparent and accountable use of ESIF funds. This workshop will focus on the central role of civil society in this initiative and will hear from different stakeholders about their experience to date, how it has made a difference for them personally and their vision for what such an initiative could mean more broadly across the EU.

Speakers will include a representative from the Managing Authority of the Attica region in Greece, who are working to implement a massive and complex flood defence system. The planned pipeline network will directly impact thousands of suburban Athenians. Working with Transparency International Greece, the authority is exploring ways of bringing their work closer to the people. Representatives from the Slovenian Ministry of Health and Transparency International Slovenia will share their experiences from working together through an Integrity Pact on the energy renovation of hospitals. In addition, a representative from the National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration in Romania, currently undertaking a mammoth task of registering land across the country, will share their experiences from 3 years interacting with civil society through the IP. The workshop will seek to create opportunities for interaction with sufficient time for questions and answers. The proposed networking activity will include representatives from the other countries in the pilot who can also share experiences and perspectives.

Vasja Cepic, Zorislava Cimperman, Dimitris Drosis, Ileana Spiroiu
A Europe Closer to Citizen
Transparency International
Building SQUARE - Brussels Convention Centre, Room Gold hall.
Address: Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels

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