AmCham Romania requests an accelerated launch for projects in the 2014-2020 Operational Programme

The American Chamber of Commerce in Romania Structural Funds and Public Procurement working group, has been closely following the progress made on the EU Funding Programmes. As such, AmCham is deeply concerned at both the delay in the launching calls for tender, and guide procedures related to Operational Programmes 2014 – 2020. With the expiration deadline on 18.04.2016, AmCham believes that there remains a potential long term negative impact on the absorption of UE funds coupled with the lack of integration of European Union (EU) Directives on public procurement (classical and sectoral) through a new primary and secondary legislation into national law.

We request that the Government make public the methods by which the funding sources are combined, focusing on the origin of funds for implementing strategies imposed by the ex-ante conditions upon accessing European funds. Also, we believe that a comprehensive assessment of Romania’s investment be performed in order to avoid infringement procedures over failure to transpose EU Directives into national legislation in a number of priority areas such as environment, energy, health.

“AmCham Romania promotes, through its constant involvement in the public procurement and European funds area, the implementation of several key measures such as efficiency in public spending, obtaining the optimal value in public procurement, a real institutional reform, procedural simplification, and guiding the system towards achieving competitive economic performance”, said Madeline Alexander, Chair of AmCham Romania’s Structural Funds and Public Procurement working group.

In order to avoid market distortions using anti-competitive practices, AmCham representatives have pointed out the need to introduce two very important principles in the public procurement secondary legislation, namely mandatory public consultations on technical specifications and comparative analysis/ benchmarking in technical specifications.

Specifically, the correct application of the first principle requires that, before launching the tender selection procedure, the contracting entity must subject to public consultation the technical documentation to be used therein; the public consultation will be organized in accordance with the law.

With reference to the second principle, we fully support binding the contracting entity to publish within the tender book, applicant’s guide or any other documentation used in the public procurement procedure – national & international legislation – the standards in force in accordance with the approved technical requirements included in the documentation (maximum and minimum limits, technical characteristics etc).

The American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (AmCham Romania) is the business association of choice for advocacy and business growth in Romania. The organization was founded in 1993 and it now represents over 400 members – U.S., international and local companies, with total investments worth over USD 20 billion and generating approximately 250,000 jobs.

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