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Promotion of Responsible Procurement in the Slovak Republic

Strengthening value for money in the public procurement system of the Slovak Republic

The Law on Public Procurement No. 345/2015 Coll., and its subsequent amendments, governs the Slovak public procurement system. In line with the 2014 European Directives, it provides a framework allowing for a more strategic approach to public procurement. Yet, while opportunities to leverage public procurement purchasing power have increased, Slovak contracting authorities still mostly rely on the lowest price criteria to award public contracts.

This unidimensional criterion prevents contracting authorities to pursue through public procurement broader policy objectives and accounting for other dimensions when purchasing goods, works or services. Further, the limited use of criteria that take into account additional dimensions beyond price also prevents the public sector to seek innovative solutions which could be provided by the market.

The Government of the Slovak Republic and the European Economic Area Financial Mechanisms (the EEA) called upon the OECD to assist in reforming public procurement practices in the country. The objective of this project is to contribute to a more effective public procurement system in Slovakia, mainly through strengthening the application of the value for money principle including the Most Economically Advantageous Tenders (MEAT) in procurement procedures.  

To achieve this objective, the OECD will notably:

  1. Analyse current practices in using MEAT criteria in public procurement procedures and develop recommendations to overcome existing barriers.
  2. Develop practical guidance and actionable tools to support the Public Procurement Office (PPO) in its advisory capacity to mainstream the use of MEAT criteria in public tenders.
  3. Carry out capacity building and awareness-raising activities to ensure effective implementation of the project.

Fast Facts

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Country: Slovak Republic

©Adrien Coquet/The noun project Timeframe: June 2020 – May 2024

 

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Counterparts:

  • The Public Procurement Office of the Slovak Republic 
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Areas of focus:

List of Deliverables

  • > Stocktaking of current practices regarding the use of MEAT criteria in public tenders with a specific focus on the health and transport sectors
  • > Guidance and practical toolkits developed to support the PPO in mainstreaming the use of MEAT criteria in public tenders
  • > Workshops, communication tools and interventions

Timeline

  • > June 2020: Kick-off meeting of the project
  • > October 2020 – March 2021: Analysis of current practices
  • > March – June 2021:  Drafting of the stocktaking report on the use of MEAT criteria
  • > June 2021 – May 2024: Development of practical guidance and tools to support the PPO in its advisory capacity
  • > June 2020 – May 2024: Carry out 32 workshops with relevant stakeholders

Content of the project

The objective of the project is to contribute to a more effective public procurement system in Slovakia, mainly through strengthening the application of the value for money principle including the Most Economically Advantageous Tenders (MEAT) in procurement procedures. The project will be comprised of three (3) components as follows:

  1. Stocktaking of current practices in using MEAT criteria in public tenders with a specific focus on the health and transport sectors;
  2. Developing guidance, practical tools and templates that will support the advisory role of  the PPO, notably:
    1.  Guidelines, templates and methodology to leverage on market consultations to define MEAT criteria.
    2. Guidelines, templates and methodology to operationalise the use of MEAT criteria
    3. Guidelines, templates and methodology to combine the use of MEAT criteria and the support to broader policy objectives
  3. Supporting the capacity building of the public procurement workforce in Slovakia through 32 workshops and awareness-raising activities through international conferences, press conferences, and creating a dedicated website.

Outputs and resources

 

 

Strengthening value for money in the public procurement system of the Slovak Republic

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