SINCE September 16, transactions can be made via the so-called electronic marketplace, which will be implemented as early as next week. The Interior Ministry’s advisor for public procurement, Tatiana Behrová, said that in the electronic marketplace system, 457 customers and 444 suppliers are registered, which is enough to start the first transactions.
“The launch of the electronic marketplace is an unprecedented step in fighting corruption in public procurement,” she said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “Trading in live broadcast online absolutely decreases the possibility of manipulating deals, or negotiating them in advance, as all information concerning the due deal are available to the wider public online,” she described.
Thus, people can follow how a public procurer concludes a business, and while currently it takes about 43 days, now it will only take three. “This is an absolute rarity, a 400-times speeding up of the procurement process,” Behrová said.
The state, municipalities, regional administrations, as well as the organisations managed by them will be obliged to make purchases through the electronic marketplace if the value of the goods, services or construction works exceeds €1,000 and amounts to €134,000 in the case of the state, or €207,000 in the case of other procurers. In construction, the limit is €5,186,000. Dishonest traders who fail to fulfil their offers will be placed on a “marketplace blacklist” if they violate a contract three times in at least two cases. This constitutes a reason for consumers to waive a contract without sanctions.
Contact points at 62 district offices and nine client centres have been arranged to get the information to potential suppliers, where trained certified advisors will advise on registration. In the coming months the whole system is expected to be developed and functioning. The electronic marketplace is the first tool of the project Electronic Contractual System (EKS) launched by the Interior Ministry (alongside the Dynamic Purchasing System and the Electronic Support for Processes) that is to improve the transparency and availability of public procurement.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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17. Sep 2014 at 10:00