Publicat pe 14/06/2017

Bucharest, June 14th, 2017: The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR), in partnership with the Competitiveness Initiative (INACO), held on June 14th, at the CCIR Business Center, the conference “Public Procurement: a barrier or opportunity for Romanian companies?”. The event was moderated by Mrs. Andreea Paul, the president of INACO.

The President of CCIR, Mr. Mihai Daraban, referred to the study “Business Perceptions on the Romanian Economy”, recently released by CCIR for the third consecutive year: “29% of those who take part in public procurement consider the indicators in the specifications as being hard to be accomplished and, unfortunately, 43% of respondents still have the perception that the task notebook is done especially for the winner.” At the same time, Mihai Daraban signaled the bureaucracy as an important obstacle in accessing a tender: “The public procurement package with the 4 laws, namely 98, 99, 100, 101, totals 676 articles, plus 344 articles of methodological norms, so we have a total of 1020 articles” said the President of CCIR, highlighting the businessmen’s efforts to access public auctions knowing all the facts.

Minister for the Business, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Environment, Mr. Alexandru Petrescu announced the signing by the Minister Order for the establishment, in collaboration with INACO, of the Center for Comparative Studies for Competitiveness.

“This center is a consultative body without a legal entity, which operates under the direction of the Ministry and aims to create an effective framework for consultation and dialogue with all economic organizations but also with representatives from the university area or representatives of the Romanian Academy. In practice, everything that this center will develop will strengthen the foundation, justification, predictability of any policy and measures that the Ministry of Business, Commerce and Entrepreneurship will take”. At the same time, Minister Petrescu announced the establishment of the Productivity Center, a project already started, which is currently on the government’s decision board: “It will be a pole of expertise on everything that means productivity, will be the dialogue partner of all companies, SMEs, associations wishing to increase their productivity”.

President of the Economic Commission, Industries and Services of the Senate of Romania, Mr. Daniel Cătălin Zamfir, spoke about the erroneous collective perception of companies that run contracts with the state: “I firmly believe that the largest contractor is the state, and we need to facilitate the relationship of businessmen with the state in a fair and transparent manner”.

Eugen-Orlando Teodorovici, Chairman, Committee on Budget, Finance, Banking and Capital Market, Romanian Senate, Virgil-Alin Chirila, State Secretary, Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, Bogdan Puşcaş, President, National Agency for Public Procurement, Silviu Cristian Popa, President, National Council for Solving Complaints also spoke at the event.

Aron Ioan Popa, President, Audit Authority, Romanian Court of Accounts, Gratiela Gheorghe, Director, Auction and Petitions Directorate, Competition Council, Gabriel Avramescu, Director General, Directorate General Investments, Public Procurement and Internal Services, The National Agency for Fiscal Administration, Monica Amalia Raţiu, Assoc. PhD, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest and Cristian Erbasu, President, Federation of Employers’ Societies also attended the conference.