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Sunday, June 4 • 09:30 - 10:45
How to investigate public tenders?

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Every year, across Europe and beyond, the public sector grants contracts worth hundreds of billions of euros to private companies. And while public procurement represents a significant chunk of a country´s economy, the tendering process is more often than not non-transparent. In this panel, we will showcase different examples of journalists who have investigated public procurement. Newtral (Spain) uses data journalism to trace public spending and expose a lack of transparency in some topics. They are also experimenting with the use of AI to establish an alert system for tenders and public contracts, which would automatically detect potential red flags in contracts. BIRN (Bosnia) has developed an extensive database showcasing the public spending on politicians on luxurious cars, while saving money on ambulance vehicles and firetrucks. If you are a public procurement nerd - or an aspiring one - join us for this presentation, and stay for a discussion on how we can better investigate public tenders together.

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Adriana Homolová

ARENA / Follow The Money, Netherlands / Slovakia
Adriana is a freelance data journalist, trainer and public spending nerd. She coordinates the data skills training track on the Dataharvest conference and investigates the European Union for Follow The Money Bureau Brussel.

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Semir Mujkić

Managing editor, BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina
Semir Mujkic is managing editor for BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina. He joined BIRN in April 2017 and has worked as a journalist and deputy editor for BIRN BiH website Detektor.ba where he is managing editor as of October 2019. Semir led a newsroom when it won the 2020 European Press... Read More →
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Irene Larraz

Fact-checking and Data teams coordinator, Newtral
I coordinate the Fact-checking and Data teams at Newtral, where I also lead Newtral Educación, the media literacy branch. We are focused on innovative journalism through fact-checking and data visualization. I have worked on the team for three years, and previously I worked for ten... Read More →

Sunday June 4, 2023 09:30 - 10:45 CEST