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Value of public procurements rises one-third

The number of public procurement procedures in the first half of the year was about the same, but their value rose by one-third, Lajos Berényi, chairman of the Public Procurement Council, said at a press conference on Thursday.

There were 1,780 public procurement procedures in H1. Their value rose 33% to HUF 752 billion from the same period a year earlier, largely because of construction tenders. Construction tenders accounted for 46.6% of the value of all public procurements, up 12 percentage points from the same period a year earlier. The proportion of tenders for services was little changed at 36.4%, but the proportion of tenders for goods was more than halved to 16.7%.

The number of negotiated procedures dropped slightly, but their value as a proportion of all public procurement procedures rose from 43% to 52%. The trend is worrisome, as the EU supports only fully public tenders, Berényi said.

Altogether 337 legal procedures were started before the Public Procurement Arbitration Board (KDB) in H1, 30 more than in the same period a year earlier. The board levied fines of HUF 90 million.

New public procurement regulations in force from April 1 make procurements more transparent but also make assessing bids more work, Berényi said.(MTI-ECONEWS)