NGO project aims to curb Czech and Slovak corruption in public contracts

A new project undertaken by the Czech NGO Oživení and Transparency International Slovensko (TIS) is aimed at reducing space for corruption in the process of awarding large public contacts in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the SITA newswire wrote.

A new project undertaken by the Czech NGO Oživení and Transparency International Slovensko (TIS) is aimed at reducing space for corruption in the process of awarding large public contacts in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the SITA newswire wrote.

Part of the project is an analysis of flaws in the current systems of awarding public contracts and a proposal of solutions based on an extensive survey conducted in cooperation with experts of the Prague-based Center for Economic Research and Graduate
Education (CERGE).

In Slovakia, the project is to focus on three areas: an analysis of e-auctions as a form of public procurement, building a better and more user-friendly Public Procurement Bulletin, and monitoring of activities and the quality of decisions made by the Public Procurement Office.

"The aim of our joint project is to contribute to removing loopholes in the public procurement law which the government intends to change next year as well,” said TIS director Gabriel Šípoš. He said TIS would like to include experiences of the business sector in the project and create a platform of voluntary ethical standards for companies that would also contribute to improving the bad reputation of public procurement in Slovakia in the eyes of the public.

The project was picked for support by the World Bank and the Siemens AG company as part of a global project supporting organisations actively fighting corruption. The joint project will be subsidised by €440,000 for three-and-a-half years and the activities in Slovakia will
receive almost €200,000.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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