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This report with key conclusions and policy recommendations about anti-corruption and  integrity of the public procurement systems in nine SEE countries, is prepared from The Regional Good Governance Public-Private Partnership Platform (R2G4P)’s.
Albanian Center for Economic Research, ACER contributed as member of R2G4P Platform, with authors Dr. Zef Preci and  Eliona Lloja. 


Russia’s ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine has intensified existing
geopolitical tensions throughout 2022 and into 2023, exposing persistent
rule of law deficiencies and other governance gaps in Southeast Europe
(SEE-91). This in turn has spurred efforts to renew the stalled EU integration
and consolidation process, which serves as the main driver of good governance reforms in the region. The current report builds upon international and
EU measures2  to strengthen the rule of law, and highlights the critical areas of
impact that could be achieved through public-private partnerships. This second SEE Good Governance Report focuses on the big data tools necessary to identify the existence of ill-gained assets hidden by politically exposed
persons (PEPs)3. These tools could help counter state and media capture
practices in the region, preventing authoritarian tendencies, including foreign
malign influence, from threatening the Euro-Atlantic democratization of Southeast Europe.4


The Regional Good Governance Public-Private Partnership Platform (R2G4P), coordinated by the Center for the Study of Democracy, Bulgaria aims to strengthen the rule of law in Southeast Europe (SEE) through delivering shared anticorruption solutions between state institutions and civil society. In 2022/2023, the initiative identified the legal and procedural improvements needed to transform asset declarations into an effective corruption prevention
tool for the region. R2G4P updated its anti-corruption diagnostics of the integrity of the public procurement systems in nine SEE countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia). It showcased how big data and expert assessments could lead to the creation of systems for near-real-time monitoring of state capture risks. The key conclusions and policy recommendations
from R2G4P’s work are summarized in the current report.


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