CRP Sisak, in cooperation with the Partnership for Social Development (PSD), organized public presentation of research results in Sisak, at City Hall that were conducted by civil society organizations from all over Croatia acting together in the previous two years. The research was carried out in the framework of the project “Enhancing Social Capacities in the Corruption Resistance” funded by the EU through a grant scheme IPA 2011 with co-funding through Croatian Government – Office for Cooperation with NGOs.
Public presentation was attended by representatives of civil society from Sisak and the surrounding area, the City of Sisak, public companies in which the City owns equity interests and representatives of the media and other stakeholders.
Aleksandar Kojic from the CRP Sisak opened the meeting and shortly presented the project, its objectives and basic activities. After that, Daniel Prerad, a journalist from Sisak that was hired as an investigative journalist in the project, presented interesting facts related to public procurement that were established at local level, in the Sisak-Moslavina County. By using of IT tool that had been created through the project and which is available to all computer users that have access to the Internet, he discovered interesting data about public procurement procedures in the area of Petrinja in past few years, which may be related to corruption in implementation of public tenders at the local level. But he also pointed out positive examples in the municipality of Lipovljani.
The centrepiece of the presentation of research and analysis of public procurement in Croatia was led by Munir Podumljak from PSD. He explained how this survey was conducted and which data was collected at the national and local levels. The period covered by the research corresponds to period from 2012 to 2016. He specifically referred to certain anomalies that occurred in that period, such as increasing the share of the Petty Public Procurement in total public procurement, the implementation of public procurement in non-competitive environment (small number of bidders participating in the tender), inconsistency in respect of the Public Procurement Act (PPA) by those who initiate public procurement procedures, etc. The recommendations that could improve the public procurement system are: publishing of the Petty Public Procurement in the Official Gazette, to introduce the criteria of mandatory five bidders required in the procedure in order to sign a contract through public procurement, application of uniform forms when publishing of the procurement plan and the register of deeds, limit horizontal contracting among sector bidders, initiate return of the State Inspectorate and provide better supervision of the implementation of the PPA provisions.
The presentation was followed by comments and discussion between participants, especially discussing the specific data that was presented as well as the exchange of opinion between participants against the public procurement system at the local level, which is particularly challenging, and state level.
The presentation was ended with the lunch and exchanging of experiences and information among the participants.