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Improvement of the Public Procurement System

The AmCham Power Breakfast on the current status and development directions of the public procurement system in Croatia, with high-level speakers from the Ministry of Economy and the State Commission for Supervision of Public Procurement Procedure (DKOM), raised great interest among AmCham members.

The AmCham Public Procurement Committee was established to work on policy proposals for overcoming problems faced by the stakeholders in the Croatian public procurement system. The Committee’s first output was a well-received position paper entitled “Proposal for Amendments and Additions to the Public Procurement Act”, focusing on the appeal procedure provisions as the part of the Act where the interaction between the contracting authority and the tenderer is the strongest. The paper points out that the public procurement system is still weighted down by appeal procedures in all stages of the tender, and that the practices of DKOM, the Directorate for the Public Procurement System (Directorate) and the administrative courts have yet to be aligned in this regard.

AmCham met with the representatives of DKOM and the Directorate to present the position paper and agree on further cooperation, including on issues such as the planned introduction (as per EU requirements) of the most economically advantageous tender (MEAT) criteria in the Croatian public procurement legislation.