Progress Workshop, Madrid

The participants at the SceMaps progress workshop, 17 August 2019, Madrid. From left to right: Aleksander Stoyanov (CSD), Miguel Ángel Gavilanes (Civio), Todor Galev (CSD), Daniela Andreatta (UNITN), Laura Stefan (Expert Forum), Sorin Ionita (Expert Forum).

The SceMaps partners gathered for the second time on 17 August 2019 in Madrid.

CSD presented the completed Mapping report, which will serve as a basis for the future analyses. The performed mapping exercise will also assist the selection of experts to be surveyed and the public authorities to be assessed through the State Capture Assessment Diagnostics (SCAD) methodology and the MACPI Institutional methodology.

The partners also agreed to apply a new method for media search and red-flagging, which requires the preparation of lists of media sources to be crawled by a new software tool.

Last, but not least, the partners discussed in detail the MACPI State Capture assessment questionnaire, while CSD’s experts presented the methodology of the MACPI Institutions survey, planned for 2020. In order to implement the latter, the partners will first approach and establish cooperation with key public authorities, responsible for regulating the three target sectors (wholesale of fuels, wholesale of pharmaceutical goods and construction). Then, they will elaborate a list of their specific activities, as well as a list of the internal anti-corruption policies and procedures applied. The actual survey results will allow for the identification of the “risk zones” in these institutional policies, their effectiveness and possibilities for improvement.

Kick-Off Workshop, Sofia

The SceMaps partners gathered for the first time on 12 February 2019 in Sofia.

During the kick-off workshop, the SceMaps members gathered in Sofia to discuss the planning of future activities, methodological issues, advocacy and outreach plans. The kick-off workshop was attended by representatives of all partners, as well as software development specialists. The participants agreed on the definition of “state capture” as “a combination of different forms of corruption which have a single objective: to secure wholesale (by default) and long-term privileges to captors by exploiting the power of government for private benefit”.

The CSD experts explained that the action’s methodology is based on triple verification of key findings. It includes the use of three different methodologies and research approaches – expert assessments (surveys), public procurement and business data (big data approach) and media articles red flagging. They also noted that the pilot tools will be designed in a way that they could be used in all Member States later on. In addition, they provided a practical demonstration on annotation of media articles needed for the machine-learning process. Fundacion Ciudadana, CIVIO made an overview of the future engagement and dissemination activities and presented the newly created Twitter account (Twitter@scemaps) and Facebook page. CIVIO is also engaged in preparing the SceMaps Engagement and Dissemination Strategy.