There many acute issues plaguing Lithuania’s public sector, but, transparency-wise, the biggest scourge is the country’s public procurement sector. The recent hoopla stemming from the purchase by the Lithuanian Armed Forces of the so-called “golden” spoons and knives at a price eightfold higher than that on the market is just the tip of the iceberg in the multi-million-euro procurement sector. Colluded schemes, pre-arranged biddings, and tons of public money splurged or misused taint it and its watchdog, Lithuania’s Public Procurement Office (VPT). Its former c...
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