New Public Procurement Act passed on Friday

On Friday parliament passed a revision to the Public Procurement Act, which among other things will see electronic auctions become compulsory gradually for most contracts in the public procurement process, with effect from 1 April this year.

The aim is to increase the economic efficiency of public procurement and increase transparency in the process, and so strangle corruption.

The evaluation of tenders will also be made public, excluding certain confidential or commercial information, with a minimum 20 days set for calls for tenders. Parliament will now appoint and recall the Procurement Office chairman, which has not pleased the opposition, as it claims the government is taking over public procurement. Smer-SD, opposition party of Robert Fico, says the chairman will be selected and recalled on political grounds.

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