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Public procurement: importance of civil society engagement

The movement for Open Government has created the means for revolutionizing the way governments work across the world, generating the space for active citizen participation and driving efficiencies in governments. Open Contracting is a prime example of the transformative nature that opens governments by creating a single and trustworthy source of open, accessible and timely information on public contracts to serve government and business and engage citizens in identifying and fixing problems with public services. Making the contracting process more transparent has been proven to have an impact on improving competitiveness as well as curbing corruption and strengthening trust in the process.


​The EBRD the Open Contracting Partnership signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to embed local civil society participation into the public procurement reforms. In partnership with the EBRD Civil Society Engagement Unit in close collaboration with the Legal Transition Programme we intend to create a framework for enlisting civil society organisations to support public procurement reforms and use open data to monitor procurement and improve frontline services and public probity. OCP and the EBRD work together to:

  • advocate for public procurement reforms to create open, transparent, and competitive public procurement regulatory frameworks that deliver value for money in the use of public funds;
  • engage with civil society in public procurement reforms and support the use of open data;
  • integrate an open contracting approach in public procurement reform strategies and design;
  • support governments in the implementation of the Open Contracting Data Standard.


At this event we team up with civil society stakeholders to discuss opportunities to improve public procurement and public services using Open Government tools available to create public procurement open to business and local communities.


The Workshop will deliver on how true, accurate and collected at the source public procurement data also empowers citizens and helps holding governments more accountable while building trust in government, providing a feedback loop on public procurement performance and generating opportunities for new and data-driven digital services. In particular, sessions will deal with the use of data-driven tools for monitoring and evaluating public procurement systems, in order to compare, gauge the progress, and generate ideas for further improvements, as well as to discuss latest related developments.


Objectives of the event:

Dedicated sessions will bring together representatives of different stakeholder groups from across Europe, including open government promoters and civil society organizations, to discuss how civil society may play a significant role in the implementation of open contracting reforms, keeping governments accountable and contracts efficient by constant monitoring activities, building communities & monitoring ecosystems.

Agenda

June 30, 2020

Main Schedule

8:45 AM
Virtual welcome coffee
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Open Contracting Partnership and opportunities for better contracting and citizens engagement
We will present you an Open Contracting Partnership as a global organization, its principles, and approaches to transform global contracting to make it fair and efficient. You will have a first look at Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) and why it is so important!
Viktor Nestulia (Senior Manager, ECA at Open Contracting Partnership)
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
The public oversight role of civil society- an EBRD perspective
We will discuss the importance of civil society engagement to guarantee transparency, accountability, and integrity of governments spendings
Luisa Balbi (Principal Manager at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
How EU policy links to open data, open contracting, and citizens engagement
European Union is now working on its open data and citizens engagement strategies. How open contracting could be integrated into it? We will discuss our work in the EU and the potential for CSOs to participate in a big contracting transformation.
Karolis Granickas (Senior Program Manager at OCP)
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Civil society procurement monitoring in Europe
A lot of organizations in the EU are already from open contracting data and apply open contracting principles in their projects. We will showcase some of them, like ePaństwo Foundation, K-Monitor, Civio, Funky Citizens and Access to Information Europe which conduct the RECORD project. Who are these organizations, how they work, what is their theory of change, and what they have achieved so far?
Elena Calistru (Founder of Funky Citizens)
Karolis Granickas (Senior Program Manager at OCP)
Monika Kajalidis (Public policy analyst at ePaństwo Foundation)
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual coffee break
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Civil society community monitoring of public procurement in Ukraine
Ukraine is famous not only about its ProZorro open contracting transformation, but also about a strong procurement monitoring ecosystem which was built on the top of OCDS data and civic activism. There are many projects which use OCDS data and achieve huge results. During this session, we will talk with DOZORRO, CoST Ukraine, and Anticorruption construction map initiative.
Sviatoslav Abramov (Country Manager at CoST Ukraine)
Olga Ivanova (Head of the Fundraising and International Communication Department at Anticorruption Headquarters)
Anastasiya Kozlovtseva (Head of International Relations Department/Fundraiser at Transparency International Ukraine)
Viktor Nestulia (Senior Manager, ECA at Open Contracting Partnership)
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
COVID-19 procurement & role of civil society: country examples
Obviously, COVID-19 response in the public procurement sphere is very important. Countries are facing new challenges, they have to respond quickly, but still be efficient, not lose transparency and integrity. We will discuss how our partners in Europe respond to this crisis. In particular, we will discuss the case of Ukraine, Moldova, Portugal, and Lithuania.
Evghenii Goloșceapov (Advocacy Department Director of Positive Initiative)
Sergejus Muravjovas (Chief Executive Officer at Transparency International Lithuania)
Vasyl Zadvornyy (Chief Executive Officer at SoE ProZorro)
Karina Carvalho (Executive Director of Transparency International Portugal)
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Discussion: how to improve data disclosure and citizens engagement to achieve better contracting?
Karolis Granickas (Senior Program Manager at OCP)
Viktor Nestulia (Senior Manager, ECA at Open Contracting Partnership)

Speakers

Sviatoslav Abramov (Country Manager at CoST Ukraine)

Sviatoslav Abramov

Country Manager at CoST Ukraine

Luisa Balbi (Principal Manager at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Luisa Balbi

Principal Manager at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Elena Calistru (Founder of Funky Citizens)

Elena Calistru

Founder of Funky Citizens

Karina Carvalho (Executive Director of Transparency International Portugal)

Karina Carvalho

Executive Director of Transparency International Portugal

Evghenii Goloșceapov (Advocacy Department Director of Positive Initiative)

Evghenii Goloșceapov

Advocacy Department Director of Positive Initiative

Karolis Granickas (Senior Program Manager at OCP)

Karolis Granickas

Senior Program Manager at OCP

Olga Ivanova (Head of the Fundraising and International Communication Department at Anticorruption Headquarters)

Olga Ivanova

Head of the Fundraising and International Communication Department at Anticorruption Headquarters

Monika Kajalidis (Public policy analyst at ePaństwo Foundation)

Monika Kajalidis

Public policy analyst at ePaństwo Foundation

Anastasiya Kozlovtseva (Head of International Relations Department/Fundraiser at Transparency International Ukraine)

Anastasiya Kozlovtseva

Head of International Relations Department/Fundraiser at Transparency International Ukraine

Sergejus Muravjovas (Chief Executive Officer at Transparency International Lithuania)

Sergejus Muravjovas

Chief Executive Officer at Transparency International Lithuania

Viktor Nestulia (Senior Manager, ECA at Open Contracting Partnership)

Viktor Nestulia

Senior Manager, ECA at Open Contracting Partnership

Vasyl Zadvornyy (Chief Executive Officer at SoE ProZorro)

Vasyl Zadvornyy

Chief Executive Officer at SoE ProZorro

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