Con­ces­sion of con­tracts is still the rule

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - DIM­I­TRA MANIFAVA

The di­rect con­ces­sionof pro­cure­ments, ser­vices and projects re­mains the norm in Greece, as no more than 20 per­cent (in num­ber, not value) of pub­lic con­tracts are con­ducted through ten­ders when amounts of more than 30,000 eu­ros are con­cerned, ac­cord­ing to the records of the Cen­tral Elec­tronic Pub­lic Con­tracts Reg­is­ter.

As Ste­fanos Komni­nos, gen­eral sec­re­tary of com­merce, ad­mit­ted, there are sev­eral cases in which projects have been bro­ken down to into sev­eral smaller con­tracts so that var­i­ous state au­thor­i­ties can avoid hav­ing to pro­claim a ten­der.

The re­cently in­tro­duced reg­is­ter has pro­vided the gen­eral sec­re­tariat and the Sin­gle In­de­pen­dent Au­thor­ity for Pub­lic Con­tracts with an ad­di­tional mon­i­tor­ing tool to es­tab­lish the le­gal­ity of pub­lic con­tracts and see whether there are indi­ca­tions or ev­i­dence show­ing whether the process of di­rect con­ces­sion has been wrongly se­lected.

In an ef­fort to pro­mote elec­tronic pub­lic con­tracts, save pub­lic money and com­bat cor­rup­tion, Komni­nos and the head of the Union of Hel­lenic Cham­bers, Con­stanti­nos Micha­los, yes­ter­day signed a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment that will al­low cham­bers to of­fer their mem­bers dig­i­tal sig­na­tures, al­low­ing them to par­tic­i­pate in elec­tronic ten­ders.

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