Control Bodies and NGOs Discusses Monitoring of Public Procurement Activities

On 11 October 2017, the Project organised its third Second Public Procurement stakeholder awareness-raising Round-table for control bodies, NGOs and activists to facilitate an active discussion on the main aspects of the role of state control and civil society monitoring public procurement activities and the cooperation between all stakeholders.

The series of Round-tables was designed by the Project to bring together a range of positions and interests with a view to resolving key issues and promoting a better common understanding of the different roles and perspectives of distinct stakeholder groups in the public procurement system.

Dr. Eugene Stuart, the EU Project Team Leader, chaired the event and expressed his hope for an open and honest discussion. Dr Stuart said: Fundamentally, the idea behind this Round-table is to structure an honest communication between different procurement interests in order to determine general and specific weak points in the legislation and practice and work towards the elaboration and implementation of relevant corrective efforts involving all of these stakeholder groups. Cooperation of different groups is important to ensure the momentum of reform is sustained and accelerated. A further five years of sustained effort without deviation will ultimately be the real test for public procurement reforms in Ukraine, including in the specific areas that will be discussed today.”

The first Round-table was held on 21 March 2017 between the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, representatives of business community and procurement professionals, where the parties discussed openly the different aspects of the Ministry’s policy-making and regulatory activity concerning public procurement. This was followed by a Round-table 7 July 2017, where the Anti-Monopoly Committee and business representatives discussed the main aspects of the AMCU role in the procurement sphere.

The participants of this third Round-table included representatives of the State Audit Service, Accounting Chamber, National Police, State Security Service, National Anti-Corruption Bureau, AMCU, the MEDT, and public procurement professionals, Kyiv School of Economics and the USAID/UK-Aid TAPAS project.