Since the European Union announced, through the Next Generation Funds, the allocation of 140 billion euros for the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, Member States are making a major communication effort to ensure that the whole process is carried out under the principles of transparency and accountability.
However, managing these funds in a timely manner requires certain procedural flexibilities that may lower the standards of the projects funded, leading to corruption and mismanagement.
How can this situation be prevented, what control mechanisms should Spain implement, and how can they reach decentralised administrations?
In order to answer these questions, For a sustainable economic recovery held the online meeting “The importance of transparency in Covid-19 Recovery Plans”, with the participation of:
- Patricia González, Researcher and Campaigner, Access Info Europe;
- Mónica Vidal, Director of Public Policy and Climate Governance at ECODES;
- Javier Pérez, Director of Political Watch;
- Sandra Vicente, from the Observatory on Debt in Globalisation (ODG) and representative of the OpenGenerationEU platform;
- Raquel Paule, General Director of Fundación Renovables, and
- Ana Márquez, from SeoBirdLife.