Pro­cure­ments au­thor­ity sees in­ter­ven­tion

Kathimerini English - - Focus - DIMITRA MANIFAVA

The gov­ern­ment is again try­ing to com­pro­mise the in­de­pen­dence of the Hel­lenic Sin­gle Public Pro­cure­ment Au­thor­ity (EAADHSY), this time through a seem­ingly in­signif­i­cant and in­no­cent amend­ment, tabled and voted in the con­text of the higher ed­u­ca­tion bill yes­ter­day.

The is­sue has gen­er­ated a strong re­ac­tion from the au­thor­ity, which is­sued a state­ment ar­gu­ing that the amend­ment is dam­ag­ing to the pres­tige and in­de­pen­dence of EAADHSY.

“With­out pro­vid­ing any kind of in­for­ma­tion to EAADHSY, an amend­ment was tabled con­cern­ing the abo­li­tion of the po­si­tion of as­sis­tant le­gal con­sul­tant and of the process for EAADHSY con­sent on the is­sue of a pres­i­den­tial de­cree grant­ing the au­thor­ity ad­di­tional com­pe­ten­cies to ful­fill its mis­sion. We are ex­plic­itly op­posed to this amend­ment,” the state­ment noted.

The amend­ment in ques­tion was tabled af­ter the dead­line had passed on Fri­day night by the min­is­ters of econ­omy and fi­nance, and pro­vides for the ad­di­tion of com­pe­ten­cies to the au­thor­ity through a pres­i­den­tial de­cree by the min­is­ters of econ­omy, fi­nance, in­fra­struc­ture and oth­ers with­out first ob­tain­ing the con­sent of EAADHSY – only its opin­ion.

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