Gov’t backs down on di­rect con­ces­sion clause for large pub­lic con­tracts

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

Gior­gos Stathakis (r) yes­ter­day with­drew con­tro­ver­sial reg­u­la­tions in the pub­lic con­tracts bill that al­lowed for the di­rect con­ces­sion of projects – sidestep­ping the ten­der process – by slic­ing them into smaller con­tracts. The is­sue, high­lighted by Kathimerini, was raised yes­ter­day by op­po­si­tion MPs at Par­lia­ment’s joint meet­ing of the Pro­duc­tion and Com­merce and the Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion com­mit­tees. The bill de­bated had orig­i­nally pro­vided that pub­lic con­tracts worth up to 20,000 eu­ros could be di­rectly con­ceded with­out a ten­der, in­clud­ing parts of larger con­tracts.

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