Public procurement needs more transparency

  • 2013-10-16
  • From wire reports

VILNIUS - Public procurement should be truly public. Rasa Svetikaite, advisor to President Dalia Grybauskaite, says that the amendments to the Law on Public Procurement reduce transparency and create conditions for unfair competition, reports ELTA. As a result, the amendments were returned to the Seimas for consideration.

“The major issue is related to public access to the information in public procurement. It especially regards the procurement of low value projects. The president is not proposing to reject the law, but to adopt small amendments that are really significant,” said Svetikaite on radio Ziniu Radijas on Oct. 15.

The amendments to the Law on Public Procurement were proposed by the Ministry of Economy. The amendments provide that the threshold for procurement of low value items should be increased from 100,000 litas (29,000 euros) to 200,000 litas.