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October 24, 2021

Ponta asks for more transparency in public procurement

Premier Victor Ponta says solutions should be identified to amend the normative act approved by Parliament that abrogated public procurement procedures for state-owned companies and autonomous regies, HotNews.ro informs. ‘I am not convinced that too much discretion allowed to companies in the area of public procurement is a good idea. I would like all of you to determine what we can do from now on. I wouldn’t want us to go back to the system where we didn’t know what the money was being spent for. (…) I am not convinced the solution adopted by the Parliament is the best one’, the PM told the ministers attending the Government meeting yesterday. The autonomous regies and state-owned companies are no longer legally bound to organise public procurement procedures and are therefore free to award contracts without tendering procedures under OUG 34/2006 regulating the award of public procurement contracts. The Parliament made the decision on June 5 and the law was published in the Official Journal of Romania on June 28, after promulgation by President Traian Basescu.

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