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Minimum Standards of Transparency of Public Procurement, 2013


Transparency International Czech Republic

Amount of funds of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic: 815.951,45 CZK

Project was co-financed by the Emerging Donors Challenge Fund of the US Government

The project follows on from a three-year partnership of Transparency International branches in the Czech Republic and Ukraine. In 2012, the Minimum Standards of Transparency of Public Procurement at the Local Level were worked out. The concept came from the outcomes and experience from previous projects and is a modification of the Czech model.

The Minimum Standards of Transparency of Public Procurement project was implemented in the period of January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013. Its objective was to successfully introduce Minimum Standards in selected Ukrainian cities and promote them in a way that enables their further expansion.

Minimum Standards were finalised and published in both print and electronic format. They were presented to representatives of local authorities during   seminar in Lviv in April 2013.

Another major project activity was a study visit of representatives of the Berdyansk, Lviv and Nikolaev municipalities along with representatives of Transparency International Ukraine in the Czech Republic. It included meetings at the Ministry of Regional Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, meetings with representatives of the civic association “Oziveni” and management of Liberec and Semily municipalities. The main topic of the study visit was sharing of experience in access of information on public procurement and specific examples demonstrating the positive impact of greater transparency on the efficient use of public funds.

One of the main activities of the second half of the project was the signing of the Memorandum which shows commitment of the Lviv municipality to adhere to the Minimum Standards. The ceremony was held on October 24, 2013 with the participation of the Mayor of Lviv and mayors of other Ukrainian cities, representatives of donors and representative of Transparency International Czech Republic. At the same time another 6 cities expressed their commitment to implement Minimum Standards in their public procurement practice.

The final phase of the project was devoted to monitoring the implementation of the Minimum Standards through questionnaires and personal interviews. Its output is the Monitoring Report which serves not only as an indicator of project success, but also as a starting platform for other cities, which will gradually introduce the Minimum Standards into their work.