Strategies and networks for integrity and transparency
What is the commitment?
The commitment entails a networking action of relevant actors for the prevention of corruption in Italy, capable, in the implementation phase of the NRRP to:
- promote the participation and interaction among civil society actors and institutions, in order to strengthen corruption prevention strategies;
- to enhance the presence of Italy in the international arena, in the field of corruption prevention also through the dissemination of best practices in the sector;
- promote the integration between corruption prevention measures and the anti-money laundering measures that public administrations are required to activate pursuant to Article 10 of Legislative Decree 231/2007;
- promote cooperation, while respecting the protection of confidentiality, between civil society actors who support the potential whistleblower along the difficult path of reporting, and the institutional actors who will take charge of it.
The expected results are:
- establishment of an inter-institutional and multistakeholder Task Force coordinated by the National Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC);
- to share strategies and best practices for integrating anti-corruption/anti-fraud/anti-money laundering checks in order to make them available to administrations and provide their input for policy updates;
- in order to enhance active anti-money laundering cooperation, sensitising public offices to the adoption of safeguards (risk mapping, identification of the so-called 'manager', etc.) functional to the identification and reporting of suspicious transactions, pursuant to Article 10 of Legislative Decree 231/2007 and the relevant implementing rules issued by the FIU;
- establishment of the Working Group 'Support and Accompanying Activities for Whistleblowers', to develop models and identify practices for improving the standards of protection of whistleblowers and the quality of reports.
What is the problem that the commitment will address?
Never before have anti-corruption and prevention initiatives multiplied with a view to coordinating international and national activities. This renewed focus on anti-corruption issues is not accidental. The resources allocated by the Recovery and Resilience Plans are substantial and States have a responsibility to prevent or counteract any form of distortion or manipulation aimed at favoring particular interests.
In this context, the integration of the anti-corruption/anti-fraud/anti-money laundering verification systems, the effective management of reports of unlawful conduct (whistleblowing) and the support of potential whistleblowers represent, in the implementation phase of the NRRP, crucial activities for monitoring the quality of works and services, the cost-effectiveness of expenditure and the integrity of procedures.
How will the commitment contribute to solving the problem?
2.01.1 Networks supporting the anti-corruption strategy
Building on the experience of the horizontal coordination of national and international initiatives on integrity, prevention and repression of corruption activated at the Farnesina, an inter-institutional and multistakeholder TASK FORCE will be set up, coordinated by the National Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC) with the aim of:
- analyzing, in a sinergy perspective, the strategies and policies for the promotion of integrity and transparency with particular regard also to the implementation of the NRP
- promoting national and international initiatives on integrity and transparency, also in continuity with the results and deliverables obtained in this area under the Italian Presidency of the G20 2021;
- disseminating and enhancing Italy's best practices in the field of prevention at the international level.
2.01.2 Whistleblowing: Supporting the management of the ethical dilemma
Also in view of the transposition of the European Whistleblowing Directive', a specific working group consisting of representatives of institutions and CSOs will develop models to raise the standards of integrity, confidentiality and independence to protect the whistleblower through:
- the constitution of a list of associations that provide accompanying services to potential whistleblowers, so that they guarantee privacy, impartiality and impeccable integrity;
- disseminating information on escort services to potential whistleblowers.
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
The commitment is relevant for civic participation and public accountability because it allows for open and monitored decision-making processes regarding corruption prevention strategies. Institutions and CSOs participating in the Task Force will promote the circulation and application of good practices on integrity and transparency.
The commitment is also relevant for transparency, as it improves accessibility to civic services to support potential whistleblowers.
- Establishment of an inter-institutional and multistakeholder Task Force coordinated by the National Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC) and establishment of Working Groups for the production and sharing of analyses, experiences, and methodologies.
- In-depth study, from a synergy perspective, of anti-corruption/anti-fraud/anti-money laundering safeguards with a focus on the implementation phase of the NRRP and the reforms. In this area, the action of the Task Force will be coordinated with that of the team responsible for implementing the commitment 5.02.
- Dissemination and enhancement of Italy's best practices in the field of corruption prevention at the international level.
Start date - End date
1st March 2022 - 31st December 2023
Within the inter-institutional and multistakeholder Task Force coordinated by the National Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC), a working group dedicated to the elaboration of minimum requirements for support and accompaniment activities to potential whistleblowers (Art. 20 of Directive 2019/0366/EU - Support Measures) will be set up to produce contributions, guidelines, templates.
Start date - End date
1st September 2022 - 31st October 2023
Lead implementing actors
- National Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC)
Other actors involved in implementation - Public sector
- Banca d’Italia UIF
- Corte dei Conti (Court of Auditors)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
- Ministry of Economy and Finance
- Ministry of Justice
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Economic Development
- Presidency of the Council of Ministers - Public Administration Department
- Presidency of the Council of Ministers – Coesion Policies Department
- Liguria Region
- National School of Administration (SNA)
Other actors involved in implementation - Civil society organizations (CSOs) and private sector
- Fondazione Etica
- Osservatorio Civico PNRR
- The Good Lobby
- Transparency International Italia