RFI/ANAC public procurement contracts: Anti-Corruption Pact and collaborative supervision for ongoing works

Signed by ANAC President Raffaele Cantone and RFI CEO Maurizio Gentile

Florence, 25 February 2016

Legality and preventing corruption in public procurement railway contracts. Verify the conformity of the tenders with the Code of public contracts. Prevent criminal infiltration through ad hoc terms and conditions. Monitor the proper conduct of tenders. Supervise the execution of work by the company awarded the tender.

To manage the public procurement contracts, with ever increasing transparency, ensuring that the Italian Railway Network is equipped with a new tool, the Collaborative Surveillance Protocol, starting a constructive co-operation with the National Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC) to prevent and monitor possible corruption regarding works in progress, as part of their public procurement contracts.

The Collaborative Supervision Protocol was signed today, in Florence, by Raffaele Cantone, the President of the ANAC, and Maurizio Gentile, the CEO of RFI.

Enrico Rossi, President/Governor of the Tuscany Region was present, who contextually signed with the ANAC, an Action Protocol for doubling the works of the Lucca - Pistoia railway line. Assistance was co-financed by the Region.

The collaborative agreement

This first agreement has a term of one year and is a further tool for preventing corruption in the public interest (fairness and transparency) and business interests on the strengthening of the values and reputation of credibility towards citizens and stakeholders.

This Protocol adds and integrates the legality protocols that the RFI (Italian Railway Network) has already signed with institutions and local bodies for transparency and the prevention of corruption in the territories affected by the work contracted out by the RFI.

Three operations, identified among those with greater economic and territorial importance in the national projects of infrastructural and technological upgrading, which during the year will be placed under the magnifying glass by the Authority.

Two of those already defined for North and Central Italy:

  • Bologna - Padua (Padova), technological and infrastructural upgrading measures: renewal distancing systems for train safety (online) and management and railway traffic control (at the stations); adaptation tracks in (PRG railway) stations; installation of latest generation systems for public information; suppression of level crossings. total investment of the first phase: EUR 55 million;
  • a doubling of the Lucca - Pistoia line (by about 43 km): implementation of route changes, suppression of level crossings, new roads and upgrading road stations. Total amount: €450 million, €235 million of which is funded by the Regione Toscana (Tuscany Region).

Measures for the doubling of the line Lucca - Pistoia will also be monitored by the Tuscany Region through the Protocol of Action signed today with the ANAC.

The third measure to be monitored using the Collaborative Supervision Protocol shall be identified, in short, among the most important ones scheduled in Southern Italy.