Centralized public procurement system: Belgrade saves 1.2 billion RSD

Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali confirms that Belgrade is the first town in Serbia to set up the centralized public procurement system, and adds that, in this way, the Belgrade government has managed to save a total of 1.2 billion Dinars.

“The number of bidders per public procurement grew from 1.8% to 2.6%”, the Belgrade Mayor said at the opening of the third multidisciplinary symposium about public procurements which takes place in Belgrade for the very first time.

According to him, up to 2013, almost 40% of public procurements were finalized through negotiations, while today only 3% are finalized this way.

“By having a centralized system we have demonstrated that we wanted to be transparent and save money, as well as give a good example to other local self-governments in our country. Every public procurement in Belgrade is now processed via a public procurement website which is accessible to all bidders” – Mali pointed out.

At a ceremony at the White Palace, the deans of the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Law and the Tor Vergata University from Rome, Sima Avramović and Gustavo Piga respectively, have signed an agreement stipulating the joint Master’s public procurement programme.

The signing ceremony was attended by the Serbian Finance Minister, Dusan Vujovic, Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Marie-Anne Birken, Vice President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Miroslav Miletic, the Dean of the Tor Vergata University, Gustavo Piga, and the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Sima Avramovic.

(Blic, 28.09.2016)

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