Anticorruption

Change of illegal to legal concept.

ANCI Lombardia, with the co-financing of the CARIPLO Foundation, has launched the Project Beni Confiscati – dal Comune alla Comunità locale, a support project for the Lombard territories, for the enhancement of the assets stolen from organized crime and entrusted to the Municipalities. The project intends to promote actions related to the full enhancement of…

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The Federazione Nazionale dei Cavalieri del Lavoro has given us the task of carrying out a study on the initiatives on transparency and corruption prevention undertaken by the companies belonging

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Anac and Fondazione Etica have signed a three-year collaboration report between the Parties for – promote the transparency and integrity of the Public Administrations as an anti-corruption preventive action; – supporting the Public Administrations in meeting the numerous regulatory requirements in terms of transparency, efficiency and anti-corruption; – encourage virtuous administrations and make their experience…

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The changes made to decree 33/2013, the so-called transparency decree, by decree 97/2016, the so-called foia decree, clearly indicate that the monitoring of public administrations must become constant: the photography of individual Administrations and even that of the group is not enough. The comparison, in fact, must be not only between Administrations, but also between…

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Paola Caporossi was the rapporteur, on May 9, 2019, in Rome, on the fifth national meeting day with the Responsible for the Prevention of Corruption and Transparency – RPCT in service with public administrations and companies in public control. Presented by the President of Anac, Raffaele Cantone, the vice president of the Fondazione Etica spoke…

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The relationship between Public Administration and companies is often associated by public opinion with news of bribes and rigged contracts. If it is true that the current procedures do not facilitate a healthy interaction between the two parties, it is also that greater transparency would be the most effective antidote.
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Legislative proposals

The norm marks a huge step forward, but it focuses mainly on abolishing election reimbursements, something that was roundly demanded by the public as retribution for increasingly ineffective politics. But the parties’ real leverage lies elsewhere, namely in their power to appoint roles, something which has not been regulated in the very least. The obligations for democratic practices within the party, law no.13, falls short on this aspect, as it merely imposes formal boundaries on democratic decision-making.

The situation calls for greater action. We have put forward our proposal in a publication compiling the European recommendations for this matter, particularly those of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO).

Some of our ideas have been incorporated into a Law Bill, but more must be done if parties are to be revolutionised, politics shielded from corruption, and a fully functioning democratic system established.

Promulgating a law based on article no.49 could also be the opportunity to transfigure the governing class. For example, looking at the political parties’ clear inability for self-amendment, lawmakers could incorporate into the party bylaws a maximum number of terms for an elected position (i.e. no more than three), even if inconsecutive. This does not only result in new incumbents, but would also have positive effects for the moral aspect, as the turnover would reduce the likelihood of clientelism, especially in high positions.

The disincentives, naturally, will play an essential role. The parties that concede exceptions to term-limitations should be excluded from any election reimbursement. This means that the law would require the delegation of an autonomous watchdog. The periodic publication of the inspection results on the web would automatically entail in a further disincentive – the loss of voter approval.