DIGIWHIST has struck again. It has just released the latest version of its extraordinary data set covering political financing, disclosure of officials’ finances, conflict of interest, right to information, and public procurement in 34 European states plus the European Union. With the laws on each subject along with an assessment of how thoroughly they address area, it is a real treat.
At least for the kind of people who read GAB (that means you, dear reader).
The database is part of an EU-funded digital whistleblowing project (DIGIWHIST). The project’s aim is to improve trust in governments and the efficiency of public spending across Europe by providing civil society, investigative journalists, and civil servants with the information and tools they need to both increase transparency in public spending and enhance the accountability of public officials. For those working in developing states, it is an invaluable resource, showing how different developed countries and those making the transition to a market economy deal with critical issues involving public integrity and transparency. Thanks to the EU for supporting such a great project and congratulations to those whose hard work produced such a useful resource.