ean Commission in the fight against corruption from simple criminal acts such as bribe to conflict of interest as a much more malignant and socially dangerous occurrence which usually manages to slip under the radar. Our joint engagement in the projects BACCI and ACRIP, all of which are financed from EU funds, resulted in the production of the database of public procurement integrityobservers.eu
, which was also officially declared in the EU Anti-Corruption Report
from the year 2014 as one of the best EU practices in civil monitoring of the state administration.
By establishing this tool, unique by the fact that it analyses all data on all procedures and contracts on public procurement in real time, from kindergarten to ministries, which is a feature that no other similar tool in Europe has, we took a step forward in capacity building for the fight against corruption – an action that is respected in professional circles. But we didn’t stop there. Today, within the Fairpress IRIS program, journalists are working on a second generation of the aforementioned tool. They are working with the colloquially called “machine” which analyses, directs, warns and navigates journalists in the direction they follow. A machine that detects the biggest players, anomalies and their customs and behaviours in the public sector. A machine that distinguishes an exception from the rule and focuses on those who are prone to repeating errors. A machine that distinguishes the incidental from the systematic in human behaviour in public administration, all the while not being a member of any party. A machine that is a guarantee of our neutrality and objectiveness in the choice of stories. And don’t forget, when you ponder on this project, remember that it is a “Machine”, 7 organizations and 14 journalists.
We’ll give you a little bit more of inside stories on this unprecedented project. In the meantime, to make sure you don’t miss any of our stories, you can register directly on the portal Fairpress.eu via social networks (Twitter and Facebook); for users of Apple devices, a mobile application is available.