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Parliament approves amendment to Public Procurement Act

An amendment approved by parliament on October 28 aims to speed up the public procurement process. The amendment, which toughens the conditions for raising objections to the tender organiser’s actions, received 78 votes in favour, 40 against and 21 abstentions. One incentive for the move comes from the numerous objections raised by unsuccessful bidders to the country's electronic road-toll tender. According to a cabinet statement, the state is suffering economic damage due to prolonged procurements.

An amendment approved by parliament on October 28 aims to speed up the public procurement process. The amendment, which toughens the conditions for raising objections to the tender organiser’s actions, received 78 votes in favour, 40 against and 21 abstentions.

One incentive for the move comes from the numerous objections raised by unsuccessful bidders to the country's electronic road-toll tender. According to a cabinet statement, the state is suffering economic damage due to prolonged procurements.

But the opposition believes there is no reason to amend the Public Procurement Act or expedite the process. Several opposition MPs have accused the government of drawing up the amendment in order to complete the overpriced road-toll system tender as soon as possible, and of using a fast-track legislative procedure to limit the debate on the proposal. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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