Hungary – Inquiry Into Contract Awards Without Competition

26 Jan 2018
Hungarian prosecutors have ordered an inquiry into a company once co-owned by the Prime Minister’s son-in-law.  A two-year investigation by the EU anti-fraud office found a series of irregularities at the company. 35 public lighting modernisation projects had been won by the company between 2011...

Challenge By Contractor Over Unusually Cheap Bid

26 Jan 2018
An Austrian contractor has lodged a complaint to the Croatian government for awarding the contract to build the 2.4-km-long bridge to a Chinese consortium, challenging it as an “unusually cheap” bid. Explains Global Construction Review: on 12 January Croatia chose the Chinese group, which had...

New Simpler Contract for SMEs in Public Work

18 Jan 2018
The UK Government Legal Department’s (GLD) Commercial Law Group announced a new slimline Public Sector Contract to make public sector work more accessible to smaller companies (SMEs). This easier to navigate and use document gives a more user-friendly route to government work and a quicker, more...

Ukraine – Public Procurements Complaints Grow In 2017

18 Jan 2018
Head of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has reported that the number of complaints about public procurement in 2017 grew by 1.8 times, from 3,067 in 2016 to 5,684 in 2017. “… the Economic Development and Trade Ministry noted cases of abuse of the mechanism of contesting the results of...

Polish Government Develops National Cryptocurrency

18 Jan 2018
The Polish government hopes to revolutionise payments and the banking system by developing a national cryptocurrency, reports Open Access Government. The development of a digitalised national cryptocurrency, called Digital PLN (dPLN), is being worked on by the Polish Blockchain Technology...

PFI Deals – A New NAO Report

18 Jan 2018
UK National Audit Office has produced a report with information about the rationale, costs and benefits of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), the use and impact of PFI, the ability to make savings from operational contracts, and the introduction of PF2. There are currently over 700 operational...

Council Of Europe’s Anti-Corruption Monitoring Body Report

18 Jan 2018
The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption monitoring body Groups of States Against Corruption (GRECO) assesses evaluations of countries’ levels of compliance with corruption prevention. These reports contain recommendations to the evaluated countries in order to improve their compliance. It has...

Top 10 Insurance Suppliers To The Public Sector

12 Jan 2018
Tussell, which provides data on UK government procurement, has revealed the top 10 insurance providers to the government for 2017. “In 2017 the value of wider public sector procurement was £144 billion – equating to roughly 7% of UK GDP – representing a significant strategic opportunity for...