Ukrainian Officials Studied Austrian Experience in Procurement Centralisation
On 27 February – 2 March 2017, representatives of the new State Agency “Professional Procurement” and the State Enterprise “Prozorro” visited Austria to see an established Centralised Procurement Body (CPB) system in operation. The visit was organised by the Project as part of its support activities for the development of Centralised Procurement Body in Ukraine.
The purpose of the study visit was to learn how an operationally successful centralised procurement system works on different levels. Austria was selected as a host country for its well-known and well established central purchasing experience which is regarded as a highly effective and a best practice example among EU Member States.
During their study visit the Ukrainian officials met with the Austrian Federal Procurement Agency to enquire into an organisational model, structure and the legal basis of CPB operation in Austria, its main tasks, objectives and performance indicators, to learn about complications and possible solutions related to CPB operation and framework agreement usage; the Austrian State e-procurement platform “Auftrag.at” to learn about e-instruments in centralised purchasing in Austria; the Ministry of Justice (one of the biggest CPB clients) to discuss the benefits and possible concerns regarding Centralised purchasing and the usage of e-Procurement; and the Municipality of the city of Vienna to discuss purchasing activity and usage of e-Procurement at municipal level.
On 23 November 2016, the Cabinet of Ministers approved a Resolution prepared by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (following consultation with Project experts) as the legal basis for the establishment and operation of the CPB pilot at central level. This Resolution authorised the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) to establish the State Agency “Professional Procurement” having the role of a CPB within the meaning of the Public Procurement Law. On 30 November 2016, the MEDT adopted an Order establishing the State Agency “Professional Procurements”.