ESVEI tackles structural issues that in recent years are increasing the vulnerability to external interference of democratic processes, taking Italy as a case study.

It aims at increasing awareness, initiating policy debates, and providing sensible, forward-looking policy recommendations in three domains that are central to democratic processes in modern societies, but that, due to inadequate regulations and poor practices, needlessly expose such processes to meddling:

social media and disinformation; 


transparency of funding and lobbying;   



Transparency of funding and lobbying

In depth

Party financing: to fight corruption transparency is needed

Niccolò Caranti | 17/9/2019

Interview with Gianluca Esposito, executive secretary of GRECO, the Council of Europe's anti-corruption body

Political funding: years of scandals

Niccolò Caranti | 27/8/2019

An interactive map of some of the main cases of scandals related to political parties and campaign funding in Europe. In some cases the (alleged) financing is illegal in itself, in some others the scandal derives from the lack of transparency

Lobbying in Italy and legislator schizophrenia

Niccolò Caranti | 29/7/2019

In Italy today lobbying is regulated in an inconsistent manner and rules are not applied. Greater transparency is necessary for investors too, but this situation is convenient for politics. Interview with Pier Luigi Petrillo

The project ESVEI is supported in part by a grant from the Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the OSIFE of the Open Society Foundations. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa.