In December 2021 Transparency International – Bulgaria launched the project “Local Integrity System 2Wards Sustainable Business Development”, which is implemented with the financial support of America for Bulgaria Foundation. This initiative is a continuation and upgrade of the implemented Local Integrity System Index project (2014-2017).
The project activities represent an active approach that will engage local stakeholders to develop sustainable anti-corruption policies and practices for good governance, that will lead to an improvement in the business climate in the local regions.
As the main component for the analysis, it will be use the methodology of Local Integrity System Index. More than 160 indicators will be collected, based on which the internal governance and the capacity for implementation of anti-corruption policies for each of the main pillars as: major, municipal council, municipal administration, political parties, courts, police, political parties, business, media and civil society at local level. In the preparatory phase of the project, following the COVID-19 pandemic, a new pillar (and relevant indicators) will be added. This pillar will evaluate the capacity of hospitals which are owned by municipalities that will implement principles of accountability and integrity in their management and how to management risks, such as corruption risk.
The results and the analysis of the Index will be used for evaluation of local business will be used to assess the local business environment, as well as to answer the 3 questions: Where does corruption happen?; Why is it happening? Who is responsible? On the base of the gathered information the team of TI-Bulgaria will implement the main activities of the project.
Our priorities include active work with worse-performing municipalities, implementation of good practices and elimination of the main shortcomings identified during the diagnostic phase. The project team will work with local stakeholders to improve the local integrity system index. It will prepare action plans and recommendations, supporting their implementation, identifying and promoting good practice, introduction of new tools (i.e. protection of whistleblowers).
The initiative aims to connect the access to investment and financing of municipalities with their presentation in Local Integrity System Index developed by Transparency International – Bulgaria. The Index evaluate the quality of local government through transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption efforts. The municipalities with better assessment of integrity should have priority access to investment and funding.
The Local Integrity System Index has been implemented by TI-Bulgaria since 2015 and has repeatedly demonstrated positive results in encouraging municipalities to good governance and limiting the corruption practices creating “friendly” competition and exchanging good practices between them.
Through the National anticorruption government strategy (2021-2027) and the implementation of appropriate incentives for investment and financing we hope to be an essential requirement for the implementation of international practices for good governance and to assist in overcoming corruption deficits at local level.
TI-Bulgaria receive an invitation of Municipality of Varna and held a working meeting with the Chairman of the Municipal Council, Mr. Todor Balabanov and representatives of the Varna Municipality.
The presentation of the results for the municipal council and the administration of Varna Municipality was discussed during the meeting. It was noted the good achieved results and the prospects for the establishment of integrity, transparency and accountability in the work of the municipal council and the municipal administration in Varna.
The team of TI-Bulgaria has also presented good practices and detailed examples from the other municipalities – district centers that could be used from municipality of Varna.
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