FACTI Panel Briefing in Southeast Europe

Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean of IACA, has participated in the FACTI Panel briefing in Southeast Europe. The aim of the session was to raise the awareness of the civil society actors and government officials about the FACTI Panel recommendations to reform and revitalize the frameworks, mechanisms, and tools for enhancing financial integrity and transparency.

In the opening remarks, the Dean reviewed the recommendations contained in the FACTI panel report, highlighting those relating to the following topics: firstly, protection of non-state actors and their inclusion in financial integrity policy-making; and secondly, transparency and open public data policies and tools. He also explained IACA’s contribution in such areas, particularly transparency, whistleblower protection, and participation of non-state actors in policy-making.

Moreover, in his final remarks, the Dean summarized the main conclusions related to these two topics, emphasizing that the fight against corruption is a shared interest, as well as the need to connect the normative level with the implementation level, for which research remains essential to prioritize and fill the gaps.

Speakers in the panels included Ms. Slagjana Taseva (Chair at Transparency International Macedonia and Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the IACA), Ms. Flutura Kusari (Legal Advisor at the European Center for Press and Media Freedom), Ms. Kristina Voko (Country Director of BIRN Albania), Mr. Vladimir Radomirović (Editor-in-chief at Pištaljka, Trustee of Whistleblowing International Network), Mr. Dejan Milovac (MANS), and Ms. Aneta Arnaudovska (Senior Anti-Corruption Advisor at Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative).

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