Within the scope of the project “Effective public procurement in the service of economic growth”, implemented by the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED) with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), from 12-14 April 2022, 3 workshops were organized at the premises of the Republic Commission for the Protection of Rights in Public Procurement Procedures. The workshops were attended by the President and the Members of the Republic Commission as well as by the employees in the Service of the Republic Commission, dealing with current topics in the area of public procurement with a special reference to experiences and the positive examples from the practice of the relevant public procurement institutions in the Republic of Slovenia.
The keynote speaker was Mr. Sašo Matas, Director-General of Public Procurement Directorate in the Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia and a well-known to the expert public as an internationally recognized expert in the domain of implementation of the EU public procurement Directives. During the first workshop, he firstly spoke about the latest trends in the area of the so-called ‘green’ public procurement (the Slovenian legislation, practice and experiences), as well as about the practices of the EU Member States and the judgements of the Court of Justice of the EU in this field. Afterwards, Mr. Matas presented the practice and the experiences related to the technique for implementation of public procurement procedure by means of the dynamic purchasing system (DPS).
On the second day was discussed the topic of public-private partnerships, with a detailed reference to the normative framework, theoretical approaches related with the application of this type оf procedure, including a review and discussion focused on the concrete examples. The participants were further informed about the functioning of the public procurement system in the Republic of Slovenia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Тhе topic of the third workshop and the presentation of the speaker was the use of the Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) criterion, and the speaker devoted a part of his presentation to the issue of contract price changes.
The workshops were assessed by the participants as a powerful contribution to the confirmation of good practice in the work of the Republic Commission and the progress in the normative framework in the Republic of Serbia, as the basis for further improvement of the quality of work of this authority, given that the speaker provided many concrete examples based on the national experience acquired through the implementation of the European Union’s Directives in the field of public procurement, coupled with a positive expert assessment about the normative framework and the public procurement system in the Republic of Serbia.