Māra Stabulniece comments on the expected amendments to the public procurement regulation

17.11.2015 Māra Stabulniece comments on the expected amendments to the public procurement regulation

In the Legal Services supplement to newspaper Dienas Bizness, dated 17 November, 2015, associate Māra Stabulniece provides her comments to the new public procurement procedure, and to the draft Public Procurement Law currently announced in the meeting of the State Secretaries, which prescribes for an economically more advantageous proposal, wider possibilities for conversations of purchasers and applicants, as well as less paper work.

Among other things, Māra Stabulniece provides an insight into the practical difficulties the suppliers and purchasers will face after the implementation of the new regulation, considering that the main tendency of the new regulation is providing significantly more flexibility or freedom of action to the customer in the process of procurement and assessment of proposals. Increasing the “small” threshold of procurement from EUR 10 000 for goods and EUR 20 000 for services, in fact, means less chances for the suppliers to contest the activities of the purchasers.

Meanwhile, Māra Stabulniece approves several innovations, including facilitation of the customer’s consultations with market participants prior to announcement of procurement and transition to electronic purchase.

Associate indicates that the new regulation will not make revolution in the field of procurements; however, due to the many and detailed changes, at the beginning there could be uncertainties and disputes between the involved sides.

According to the EU directives, Saeima is planning to adopt the new Public Procurement Law, the Public Service Provider’s Law, as well as to amend the Public and Private Partnership Law by 18 April 2016.

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