SKOPJE, 31 January 2014 – Today, the Center for Civil Communications published the monitoring results for public procurement procedures in Macedonia for the period July-September 2013. Key findings include:
Almost one third of tender procedures from the monitoring sample, have been completed with awarding the procurement contract to the single bidding company that participated therein. In such cases, the tender procedure is not completed with the organization of electronic competition for reduction of initially bided prices, i.e. with the so called e-auction. On the account of this, tender procedures with one bidder that has been awarded the contract imply a major risk of signing the procurement contract under prices higher than the actual market prices.
- Some contracting authorities continue to use bid-evaluation elements that do not guarantee objective selection of the most favourable bid. Cases have been noted where the contracting authorities allocated points to the bidding companies with whom they have signed procurement contracts in the past, as well as cases in which there is no clear methodology on point-ranking of the quality element.
- In the third quarter of 2013, the value of contracts signed by means of negotiation procedure without prior announcement of call for bids amounts to 21.3 million EUR and represents an increase by 52% compared to same period last year. In accumulative terms, procurement contracts signed in this manner in the first 9 months of 2013 amount to a total of 47.7 million EUR.
- In the third quarter of 2013, every fourth tender procedure was unsuccessful (25.7%). The most frequently indicated reason for tender annulment is the fact that the contracting authority did not receive any acceptable or adequate bids.
NOTE TO THE EDITORS:
USAID Civil Society Project is a 2.5 years project funded by the USAID and implemented by the Foundation Open Society – Macedonia (FOSM) in partnership with the Center for Civil Communications, the Youth Educational Forum, Reactor – Research in Action, and Forum – Centre for Strategic Research and Documentation.
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