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;
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Disinformation campaigns, dubious practices on social media, murkey financing of political campaigns and lobby groups, timed hacked and leaks: new structural vulnerabilities to our democracies are there for anyone to exploit. It’s time to focus our public conversation on new policies and practices that can mitigate these risks
- International IDEA has published a Political Finance Database and a Political Finance Design Tool .
- OECD has published Financing Democracy , a report on political finance regulations.
- GRECO publishes its evaluations, including those aboutes the transparency of party funding, on its websites . The reports on Italy are also available on the website of the Ministry of Justice .
- The Commission to guarantee statutes and for the transparency and control of the statements of the political parties hosts the legislation and several documents.
- Transparency International Italia has created Soldi e Politica (Money and Politics), an interactive tool giving information on money received by Italian political parties and movements, and cabinet and parliament members.
- In October 2019 Università Cattolica organised a debate on “Reinforcing democracy and watching party financing. The italian case”. Radio Radicale has published the full video of the conference.
- OpenPolis publishes lots of updates on transparency and political power.
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.