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          • Year: 2015
          • PRO-CURE Strengthening Civil Scrutiny of Public Procurement in the Security Sector

          • This project is financed by the European Union under support to Civil Society Facility 2013. The contents of the project are the sole responsibility of Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and Society against Corruption and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

        • Security sector institutions in Serbia have not yet established a sufficient level of responsibility in planning and implementation of public procurement. Despite the legal framework that provides for needs assessment, such assessments are still not implemented systematically, resulting in unnecessary and inadequate procurement or non-procurement of necessary goods and services.

          This practice contributes to misspending and deteriorates the institutions’ performance and citizens’ safety.

          External oversight of these processes by state institutions, such as the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, is still weak. Civil society is slowly becoming more and more important in this process.

          However, overseeing procurement in the security sector is often difficult because the citizens and civil society organizations (CSOs) do not have access to confidential information in contrast to state instututions exercising oversight of the security sector.

          The goal of the project PRO-CURE is to contribute to increased transparency and accountability of public procurement in the security sector through strengthening civilian supervision. The specific objective of the project is to establish a framework for civilian oversight of public procurement in the security sector.

          This framework will be based on a methodology for assessing public procurement performance which will be developed a group of civil society organizations, in consultation with relevant government institutions. In order for the civil oversight framework to be adequately implemented and accepted our work will be focused on securing consensus of foreign supervisory authorities on the necessity for civil oversight of procurement and on the framework itself. These CSOs will also establish a channel for independent reporting on procurement procedures in the security sector, which will support the work of external oversight bodies.

          Four main activities on the project are:

          1)       Developing and testing of the methodology for performance assessment of public procurement

          2)       Formation of PRO-CURE group, CSOs interested in procurement and security issues, and strengthening their capacities in this area;

          3)       Achieving consensus between the National Assembly, State Audit Institution, trade unions, security institutions and CSOs about the importance of establishing civil oversight of public procurement performance;

          4)       Raising public awareness campaign about the importance of effective and efficient spending of public funds

          For further information about the project write to the project team on procure@bezbednost.org

        • Tags: PRO-CURE, procurement, transparency
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