After its formation in 2006, Transparency International Hungary considered, and still considers, action against public corruption as one of its main tasks. TI pays particular attention to legislative changes affecting public procurement, as the regulating procedure, using nearly 1.5 trillion forints per year, has always posed a significant risk of corruption. In the past, TI intended to promote the development of the procurement regulatory system and the domestic public procurement culture through technical proposals, opinions on draft legislation, introduction of international best practices, and active participation of civil control.
In this area, TI works together with several economic and non-profit organizations, educational institutions, research institutions, and small- and large enterprises.
Our partners: Foundation for Modern Public Procurement, American Chamber of Commerce, American Embassy, Procurement Executives’ Club, Corvinus University of Budapest, GKI Economic Research Co., Open Society Institute
More than one third of the municipalities in Hungary – that is, 40% of them – hide what and how they purchased through public procurement. This way, control and publicity are excluded, even though we are talking about public data. Transparency International Hungary went after the question of why are these data not public. Is it only due to the negligence of the municipalities? Or is there something else behind?
As part of the Swiss Contribution, Switzerland is supporting the Ózd Water Supply Rehabilitation Project with more than 1.5 billion HUF (more than 7 million Swiss francs). As a pilot project, the public procurement processes are accompanied by an independent monitor expert, and the municipality and bidders sign the so called Integrity Pacts – an anti-corruption tool developed by Transparency International - in which they declare full transparency in their behavior.
On 27 November 2012 TI EU Office stirred a roundtable debate among experts from the EU institutions, the private sector and civil society working in the field to discuss the EU’s current public procurement reforms and the question ‘Can public procurement rules increase integrity and citizens’ trust in Europe?’.