D6.1 Collaboration agreement among consortium partners

Aram Khaghaghordyan

The deliverable D6.1 presents the Memorandum of Understanding on the Sustainability of the EU Horizon 2020 DIGIWHIST project (MoU).

In the framework of the Horizon 2020 Research Programme a consortium of six partner organizations that signed this MoU worked on the DIGIWHIST project (full title: “The Digital Whistleblower. Fiscal Transparency, Risk Assessment and Impact of Good Governance Policies Assessed” Grant Agreement n° 645852) from 01 March 2015 until 28 February 2018. The Consortium has conducted three years of research and tool development with the aim of increasing transparency and accountability in the field of public procurement in 35 jurisdictions (28 EU member states, Norway, the European Commission, Iceland, Switzerland, Serbia, Georgia and Armenia). The research results led to the creation of Data Collection Infrastructure and diverse tools (Opentender, EuroPAM, MET) for different actors and stakeholders interested in fair, transparent and efficient public procurement enabling the public to better monitor tenders and procedures.

The first objective of this MoU is to fulfil the DIGIWHIST grant agreement and create collaboration agreement among consortium partners in particular its clauses on maintaining the data collection infrastructure and the tools created as part of DIGIWHIST project (DIGIWHIST tools). The second objective of this MoU is to create a DIGIWHIST network on public procurement (hereinafter DIGIWHIST network) that will be based on the work conducted by DIGIWHIST project on Opentender.eu and will take into account its research results and important of continuing its sustainability. The DIGIWHIST network will include NGOs and stakeholders active in the field of public procurement.

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