Pro­cure­ment process in for over­haul

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An ac­tion plan for changes to the pro­cure­ment of public con­tracts must be ready by Septem­ber this year to come into force in early 2016, ac­cord­ing to pre­req­ui­sites agreed with Greece and its lenders. This in­cludes a new cen­tral pro­cure­ment sys­tem.

The aim is to re­duce ad­min­is­tra­tive costs re­lated to public con­tracts. Ac­cord­ing to the pro­posed sched­ule, by Jan­uary 2016 an in­te­grated, sim­pli­fied le­gal frame­work must be ready for public con­tracts and con­ces­sions, in­clud­ing the trans­fer of new Euro­pean Union di­rec­tives. Among oth­ers, im­prove­ments to the ap­peals sys­tem and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of an elec­tronic public pro­cure­ment sys­tem must also be ad­dressed.

Tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance will be pro­vided by the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment for sup­port in the as­sess­ment of whole­sale trade com­pet­i­tive­ness, con­struc­tion, e-com­merce and the media.

To en­sure the ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the re­forms, Greece will have ac­cess to as­sis­tance from the Com­mis­sion, mem­ber-state ex­perts, in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tants re­gard­ing reg­u­lated pro­fes­sions, trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion, ex­port pro­mo­tion, land use, ed­u­ca­tion, tourism in­fra­struc­ture, agri­cul­ture and struc­tural funds.

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