SKOPJE, August 30, 2013 – Today, the Centre for Civil Communications published the monitoring results for public procurements implemented in Macedonia in the period January-March 2013. Key findings include:
- Macedonia is among a handful of countries in the world whose Law on Public Procurement does not stipulate sanctions for violations made to legal provisions in effect, despite numerous cases of violations identified in the practice. This conclusion is based on the comparison of Macedonian legislation with relevant laws adopted and implemented in 8 European countries.
- From the monitored sample, every fourth public procurement contract was signed in a tender procedure with only one bidding company. With the lack of competition among companies, there are no guarantees that public funds are spent for quality goods and services, and are offered at favorable competitive prices.
- Companies are denied the right to demonstrate past performance acquired through joint ventures. According to the State Commission for Public Procurement Appeals’ Assessment, companies may enter into joint ventures in order to demonstrate relevant capacity for contract performance, but not for the purpose of demonstrating past performance. This implies another risk of high concentration of public procurement performance among a small group of big companies.
- Tender annulments are exceptionally high in number and account for 26.6%.
- In the first quarter of 2013, funds in the amount of 11 million Euros were contracted through negotiation without a prior announcement of call for bids.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
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