EU Project Presented Report on Anti-corruption Measures and Practices in Public Procurement

On 8 October 2015, the EU funded Project organised a workshop to present . The focus of the event was on the presentation and discussion of the Project’s Report on “Anti-Corruption Measures in Public Procurement – International Best Practices”.

Director of Public Procurement Department, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Mr Oleksandr Starodubtsev, underlined that one of the primary focus of public procurement reforming is on combating corruption in the sphere. Mr Starodubtsev noted that along with a significant process to introduce extensive electronic procurement already underway, it is important to carefully examine international experience and existing anti-corruption mechanisms.

The Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Mr. Thomas Frellesen, emphasised the importance that the European Union attaches to continuing and deep reforms in public procurement in Ukraine. In the EU view, corruption remains a concern and all available means should be looked at to comprehensively ensure integrity across the public procurement system.

Dr Eugene Stuart, Project Team Leader, said that international best practices were important across all aspects of public procurement reform – not least the central question of ensuring the integrity of the public procurement system via the elimination of corruption. The Project’s new Report offers significant insights into international best practices in anti-corruption measures for public procurement and highlights where corruption risks are typically found throughout the procurement cycle.

Presenting the Report, Project Expert, Ms. Anastasia Kalina told the Workshop that a core idea emerging from the Report is the possible scope for soft law measures, such as Codes of Conduct, to reinforce other anti-corruption efforts, whether general or specific to the public procurement field. Such initiatives have worked well in many countries and a key question for Ukraine is whether some of these can be developed as additional tools for fighting corruption in public procurement.

The event was attended by some 50 persons, including Members of the Verkhovna Rada, officials from the Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and other Ministries, the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Transparency International Ukraine other civil society groups, the EU Delegation to Ukraine and EU experts.