Serbian PM, Ana Brnabic says that the Public Procurement Law has to be changed because the current one is inefficient.
“We need to work on making changes and amendments to the existing Public Procurement Law because it prevents us to do our job efficiently, while Serbia and its citizens are not getting the best possible services for the most affordable price”, the PM said at a press conference.
Brnabic also says that any projects implemented together with the state authorities need to be won at a tender that has to be open and transparent.
“The most important thing that we need to ensure is competitiveness in order to get the best products and services at the most affordable prices”, the PM explains.
Although certain progress has been made in public procurement procedure in Serbia, its efficiency could be further improved.
The Serbian team that is negotiating with the EU in Serbia’s accession process says that there should be fewer people involved in the public procurement procedures, as well as that more things should be done online.
Reducing the number of documents required for public procurements and higher transparency and efficiency by using online services are required not only because Serbia wants to join the EU, but also because the state can save a lot of money on it.
“Serbia has done a lot in the last few years regarding this issue. The Public Procurement Directorate has progressed a lot and the public procurement system has been improved thanks to the use of new IT systems. So, some money was saved”, says the head of the Task Force in charge of the negotiations about the Chapter 5, Aleksandar Bratkovic. However, what remains to be done is to pass a new law that would comply with the EU standards in this area.
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