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Smer proposes new change public procurement law

THE RULING Smer party wants to adopt another exception to the public procurement law via an indirect amendment. 

(Source: SME)

It concerns natural persons or households which will for the first time receive money from the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRD) to build renewable energy sources. The change should be part of the amendment to the law on European grouping of territorial cooperation which the MPs advanced to the second reading, the SITA newswire reported on February 4. The opposition has criticised the steps.

According to Boris Susko, who submitted the amendment, currently only organisations following the procurement rules can draw money from EFRD.

“We want to extend this possibility also for natural persons and households for their personal need, on which the procedures of public procurement would not apply,” Susko said, as quoted by SITA, when explaining the exception.

Economy Minister Pavol Pavlis has already said he will support the change, the TASR newswire wrote.

Most-Híd MP Lucia Žitňanská however reminded of another amendment to the law on public procurement which the Smer MPs passed last month, based on which shell companies with vague ownership should not attend the public competitions. It also contains an exception for procuring goods and services connected to the preparations for Slovakia’s presidency over the EU Council in second half of 2016.

“This is not standard legislative process,” Žitňanská said, as quoted by SITA.

Jozef Viskupič of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) said that the amending proposal has nothing to do with the law to which it is attached, TASR wrote.

Susko however said that the law on public procurement pertains to drawing money from the EU structural funds.

“You behave like no laws have ever been changed by other laws,” Susko said, as quoted by TASR. “It is legislative routine.”

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