2nd March 2018, Stip – Debate on the draft Law on Public Procurement between the businessmen and the proposers of the Law continued in Stip today. The purpose is to hear all opinions and all stakeholders to be included in the process of adoption of this new Law. Therefore, debates were organized in Skopje and Struga.

To the end of including the business community in the process, the businessmen provide their suggestions on the text of the Law during the debates. Although the Law is prepared on the basis of observations and requests of the business sector, Ministry of Finance will consider the proposals arising from the debates and should they be compatible with the EU Acquis, they would be implemented in the Law.

– The Law is expected to increase transparency in procurement procedures. At the same time, it is to enhance efficiency, to focus on the economically most advantageous tender, to simplify the procurement procedures and to ensure conditions for fair competition. There are new procedures, new methods and tools, in particular as regards e-procurement, new thresholds to apply the Law, as well as strengthened control and improved transparency – Minister of Finance Tevdovski pointed out at the public debate held in Stip today, organized by the EPI Center within the USAID Project “Partnership for Better Business Regulation” and in cooperation with the Chambers of Commerce.

Tevdovski also announced undertaking intensified activities to contribute to quality improvement of the public procurement system, as well as the business climate.

– Electronic system will have to be upgraded so as to adjust to the new solutions and to introduce e-marketplace for small-value procurement. In addition, it is planned for a separate Law on Public Procurement in the field of Defence and Security to be prepared. This has been noted by the European Commission for several years now due to the incompliance with the respective Directive for this type of procurement – the Minister said.

The Law is expected to be adopted in October, and to be applied next year.

 

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