The Project supports the enactment of the Slovak Action Plan to satisfy the ex-ante conditionality on public procurement for ESIF. Throughout preparation and implementation of the Project, the OECD worked closely with the Slovak Republic to ensure complementarity with ongoing efforts supported by ESIF.
The work carried out by the OECD consisted in providing operational support to Slovak authorities. The Project was comprised of 3 components as follows:
Component 1 - Development and implementation of a national e-Procurement strategy.
This component, with the highest priority in terms of content and timing, consisted in providing support to define a comprehensive e-procurement strategy, including a governance model, policy ownership, systems interoperability, roadmap towards end-to-end e-procurement and implementation of the once-only principle. This component is directly connected with the first criterion of the ex-Ante Conditionality (Arrangements for the effective application of Union public procurement rules through appropriate mechanisms – action Electronic public procurement).
Component 2 - Evaluation of training needs and definition of training priorities
a. Identification of the training needs focusing on the following topics:
- most economically advantageous tender (MEAT) - best examples of social and quality awarding criteria;
- technical specification drafting - how to eliminate errors, best examples of preliminary market consultations;
- innovative, green and social public procurement;
- conflicts of interest in public procurement.
b. Definition of training priorities and development of a training portfolio for Slovak public procurement trainers in order to improve the quality of trainings, which included providing practical advice on best practice in other member States and OECD countries.
Component 3 - Assessment of the effectiveness and impact of the existing ex-ante control system
This component consisted of assessing the effectiveness and impact of the existing ex-ante control system and available methodological framework