EU Advances Monitoring and Control in Ukrainian Public Procurement
On 6 – 10 February 2017, a group of Ukrainian officials visited Poland for the purposes of exploring and examining EU experience and best practices in regard to public procurement monitoring and control. The study visit was organised by the Project.
A lack of coordination of the control activities of various public bodies is one of the most intractable and longstanding institutional problems in the Ukrainian public procurement system. The Project has addressed this issue for the first time in 2015 when it held a Roundtable, followed by a Report on the improvement of coordination between regulatory and control authorities in the Ukrainian Public Procurement System.
In this view, the Project arranged for a study visit on EU experience and best practices in public procurement monitoring and control. The purpose of the visit was for participants to see how efficient monitoring and control in public procurement works in the EU in practice and to learn how to best reform it in Ukraine; to learn how to build transparent interactions between authorities involved in procurement regulation, monitoring and control within their respective fields of competence, while minimising possible co-ordination inconsistencies between them during functional operations.
Poland was selected as the host country for its widely known best practice example among EU Member States in the development and effective operations of public procurement monitoring and control systems. During the visit the Ukrainian officials had meetings with the Polish Public Procurement Office, the National Appeal Chamber, the Supreme Audit Office and the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection.
A group of officials included the representatives of Accounting Chamber which exercises parliamentary ex-post control over the execution of the State budget, the efficiency of public institutions in the implementation of budgetary programmes and the effectiveness of public procurement as a component on public finance management; the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade as the Authorised body on public procurement performing macro-monitoring of the entire public procurement system; Transparency International Ukraine as part of the Global Anticorruption Coalition; the Anti-Monopoly Committee which has the role of the Complaints Review Body in the context of on-going public procurement procedures and also the role of enforcement agency in regard to bid-rigging; the State Audit Service as the key control body carrying out planned and ad-hoc audits of compliance by contracting authorities with the public procurement rules, and the Secretariat of the Economic Policy Committee of the Verkhovna Rada.