01 Jun Fourth Public Procurement Forum
On the 27 and the 28 of May 2021 Public Procurement Office with the support of the Project “EU Support for further improvement of Public Procurement system in Serbia” organised fourth Public Procurement Forum: 10 months of implementation of the new Public Procurement Law and the new Public Procurement Portal in online format.
New Public Procurement Law is published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia no. 91/19 on 24th of December 2019, and become effective on the 1st of July 2020. As of the same date, a new Public Procurement Portal, which is in compliance with the new Law, become applicable.
The new Law introduced mandatory electronic communication and exchange of information in the public procurement procedures on the Public Procurement Portal. Introducing electronic communication enables standardisation and automatization of the public procurement process for contracting authorities, but also fosters greater participation of economic operators in the public procurement procedures leading to improved market competition and greater value for invested money.
First day of the Forum on the 27th of May 2021 Sandra Damčević, director of the Public Procurement Office, addressed the participants and presented the results of the Survey for the users of the Public Procurement Portal carried out by the Public Procurement Office in April.
Dragana Marić, assistant director of the PPO, presented the participants of the Forum how the PPO evaluates the implementation of the Law and the Portal and shared with the participants frequent questions and answers related to the application of the new Public Procurement Law.
Ivana Đenić, deputy director presented planned activities of the Public Procurement Office in the next period.
The representatives of the Republic Commission for the Protection of Bidders’ Rights in Public Procurement Procedures have also addressed the participants of the Forum, president of the Republic Commission Hana Hukić and members Vesna Milin Gojković and Svetlana Ražić and presented the practice of the Republic Commission according the new Law.
Marija Marković on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia has summarised experience and the biggest challenges in public procurement faced by economic operators based on the survey organised by the Chamber of Commerce in May 2021.
Inosav Kovačević, assistant director of the Public Procurement Office and until recent representative of the central purchasing body, presented the contracting authorities’ view of the implementation of the Law and the Portal.
At the end of the first day of the Forum representatives of the Public Procurement Office and Republic Commission answered the questions received by the participants on the chat.
The second day of the Forum on the 28th of May 2021 was dedicated to practical aspects of the use of the Public Procurement Portal.
Jelena Marković from the Public Procurement Office has presented and explained legal requirements for the application of e-auction.
Participants then had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with running the e-auction on the practical example prepared and presented by the experts of the Project Dean Firkelj and Alena Detan Karlović on the demo version of the Portal.
Mladen Alempijević from the Public Procurement Office with the support of the experts of the Project has presented and explained some of the solutions of frequently observed issues in practice such as search and favourites on the Portal, creating filters, preparation and filling the Declaration of fulfilment of criteria for qualitative selection of economic operator from the aspect of contracting authority and economic operators as well as creating the group of tenderers on the Public Procurement Portal.
At the end of the second day of the Forum, the representative of the Public Procurement Office and the Project, answered the questions asked by the participants on the chat.
We believe that this event for public procurement professionals and experts was a very useful platform for exchange of information, views and opinions concerning the implementation of the Public Procurement Law and the use of the new Public Procurement Portal.
Recordings of the first and second day of the fourth Public Procurement Forum is available on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmiTkYo7n4k1DL_kpt5MKug
Documents related to the fourth Public Procurement Forum are available for download here: