Representatives of the Republic Commission for the Protection of Rights in Public Procurement Procedures participated in 7th Meeting of the Network of First Instance Review Bodies of the European Union, jointly organized by the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s and the National Review Commission of the Republic of Slovenia, and held on 2nd October 2019 in Bled, Slovenia.
The Network of First Instance Review Bodies of the European Union – as foreseen by the EU Single Market Strategy, has been established in response to the Evaluation Report (adopted on 24 January 2017) on the effectiveness of the Public Procurement Remedies Directives. The aim of the Network is to encourage cooperation and exchange of information to support efficient functioning of national review bodies in public procurement, including data collection and development of indicators related to the national legal protection systems.
In addition to representatives of the EU Member States’ review bodies, the meeting was, for the first time, also attended by representatives coming from the Western Balkans countries.
After introductory speech given by President of the National Review Commission of the Republic of Slovenia, the morning session was dedicated to the grounds for exclusion of economic operators from public procurement procedures and decisions of the EU Court of Justice in the domain of public procurement with particular focus on legal remedies, and presentations of national review systems, including a particularly prominent presentation given by the Republic Commission for the Protection of Rights in Public Procurement Procedures.
During the afternoon session, the participants discussed issues related to the collection of data for remedies indicators, treatment of confidential information in a review procedure, and the appropriate ways of communication of the review bodies with media and the general public.