Ukrainian Officials Studied European Experience in Public Procurement

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The Project organised a study visit to Italy for four officials from the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and the State Audit Service to learn about EU experience and best practices in centralised procurement operations, e-procurement and public procurement control. The visit took place during 4-9 June 2017.

Three officials from the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, as the Authorised body on public procurement performing sectorial policy-making, regulation and macro-monitoring of the entire public procurement system, and one official from the State Audit Service, the key control body carrying out audits of compliance by contracting authorities with the public procurement rules, went to Rome with a study visit to see how efficient centralisation of procurement operations, e-procurement and public procurement control work in the EU and to learn how to best reform these areas in Ukraine and build transparent inter-actions between authorities involved in procurement regulation, operations and control within their respective fields of competence.

Italy is known among EU Member States for the best practice in development and effective operations of its public procurement system, in particular in regard to centralisation of procurement operations, e-procurement and public procurement control.

During the mission the Ukrainian officials visited the Italian Centralised Procurement Body CONSIP, Ministry of Economy and Finance, National Anticorruption Bureau (ANAC), The Supreme Audit Office, University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Considering that the current Law on Public Procurement requires further improvement and compliance with the EU Public Procurement Directives, in particular in terms of types of procurement procedures, e-procurement rules, role and way of e-auction, and in view of a lack of coordination of the control activities of various public bodies in the public procurement system, the study visit is believed to have assisted the Ukrainian authorities in understanding the dynamics of the basic problems, solutions found elsewhere and the options realistically available within the bounds of EU standards.

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