As of today, a Draft Law on Amendments to the Public Procurement Law has been published on the Public Consultation Portal (PIC) and on the official website of the Ministry of Finance.
The proposed changes are related to the process of gradual introduction of the electronic procurement, as of November 1, 2019, which will be implemented through the Centralized Automated Electronic Procurement Information System.
The Law on Public Procurement has already made the relevant changes (promulgated, SG No. 86/2018), some of which are yet to come into force with the planned introduction of the platform. In the course of the preparation and development of its functionalities, envisaged for the introduction of the second stage, there is an additional need to refine some provisions of the law, in order to reflect the specifics of the electronic procurement process and to provide regulatory prerequisites for the use the platform. Other changes are related to the incompleteness found by the European Commission in the introduction of one of the conditions for the so-called “in-house” award. The third group of proposals in the bill concern amendments to existing provisions for which heterogeneous practice has been established, due to different understanding by the contracting authorities.
The following documents have been published:
- Draft Decision of the Council of Ministers approving a Bill amending and supplementing the Public Procurement Law;
- Draft Law on Amendment and Supplementation of the Public Procurement Law;
- Reasons for the draft Law on Amendments to the Public Procurement Act;
- Form for partial ex-ante impact assessment;
- Opinion of the Administration Modernization Directorate.
- The PIC public consultation deadline is October 5, 2019.