More than one third of the municipalities in Hungary – that is, 40% of them – hide what and how they purchased through public procurement. This way, control and publicity are excluded, even though we are talking about public data. Transparency International Hungary went after the question of why are these data not public. Is it only due to the negligence of the municipalities? Or is there something else behind?
As part of the Swiss Contribution, Switzerland is supporting the Ózd Water Supply Rehabilitation Project with more than 1.5 billion HUF (more than 7 million Swiss francs). As a pilot project, the public procurement processes are accompanied by an independent monitor expert, and the municipality and bidders sign the so called Integrity Pacts – an anti-corruption tool developed by Transparency International - in which they declare full transparency in their behavior.
On 27 November 2012 TI EU Office stirred a roundtable debate among experts from the EU institutions, the private sector and civil society working in the field to discuss the EU’s current public procurement reforms and the question ‘Can public procurement rules increase integrity and citizens’ trust in Europe?’.
Transparency International Hungary (TI) sent a letter to the Members of Parliament, in which the organization highlighted the possible corruption risks that might arise after the enactment of the new Public Procurement Act.
Today Transparency International Hungary (TI) published the results of two of their researches in order to call attention to the challenges the Public Procurement institutional system faces and to the importance of the rules distorting fair competition, thus emphasizing the relevancy of a wide social agreement on the new Public Procurement Act.
More than 300 billion forints have disappeared from the public procurement market
Peter Eigen, the founder of the worldwide organization of Transparency International (TI) visited Budapest meeting with the leading actors of the anti-corruption movements in Hungary.
Why is it necessary to regulate this process?
Why is the call for competition important during the purchase process?
How are the entities that have to initiate a procurement process selected?
How is the general public informed about whether a public service provider has to initiate a procurement process?
Do all state-owned companies have to initiate a public procurement process?
Do the Hungarian State Railways (in Hungarian: MÁV), the Budapest Transport Company (BKV) and the Hungarian Post JSC (Magyar Posta) have to initiate public procurement process?
Why does a local government not initiate a public procurement procedure when it signs a contract with its own company? Is the local government allowed to do this at any time?
Where can I find information about the public procurement process initiated by state-owned companies?
Is it necessary for an entity to initiate a public procurement process if it received financial suport from the European Union?
Where can I check what is the public procurement process initiated by the local government exactly about? Do I have to Is it required to pay a fee for this?
Why are there no procurement notices in journals?
Why is it possible for a procuring authority to initiate a procurement process by issueing an invitation to bid? When is it possible for procuring authorities to choose this method?
Are there any rules or laws that preclude the possibility of a connection between the procuring authority and the bidder?
Where can I find information about the winner of a certain procurement process?
How can I find out how much the local government spends on initiating public procurement processes?
How are the bids judged?
Who can be disqualified from the procurement process?
Can those bidders be disqualified who failed to perform the previously signed contracts?
Are the contracts signed in the public procurement processes made public?
Are the contracts that are not signed in a public procurement process also public?
Where can I found information about whether the winning bidder performed the contract or not? Is there a public blacklist?
What should the subcontractors do if they finished the project, but the contractor did not pay them and cannot be contacted?
Where can I found information about the public procurement processes against which legal redress is conducted?
If I was not involved in the procedure, can I appeal for remedy?
Can I ask the local authority how many times its procurement process was contested in a year, and how many times the local authority was condemned?
Can I get information from the local authority about how much it has paid as penalty?
Everything you always wanted to know about public procurement, but were afraid to ask
Are the public procurement redress procedures public?
Are the public procurement procedures monitored?
Is there a special qualification which is necessary to conduct public procurement procedures?