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    • Inadequate planning of public procurement makes a lot of damage

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    • Date: 29 September 2016

      Expedient financing of civil protection on local level was the topic of a discussion held on Thursday, September 29, in Zrenjanin, organized by Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), with the support of the Society Against Corruption, a partner of PRO-CURE Group.

      A case study “Combat boots without a fight: Performance analysis of the public procurement of combat boots by the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia” by Zoran Basic and Nenad Radojcic from the Society Against Corruption was also presented during the discussion.

      “Unlike the army, the police don't have uniform and shoes quality standards. Also, there is still no adequate planning of public procurement and quality control, which causes great damage to the Ministry of Interior”, warns Basic from the Society Against Corruption.

      Police Union of Serbia first noticed the poor quality of socks, combat boots and other controversial procurements in the Ministry of Interior.

      “The Ministry of Interior should specify the quality standards of uniforms for police officers, as well as a time frame for the renewal of uniforms, to allow for a more practical planning. Negligence of employees at the Ministry of Interior is evident through the lack of equipment and not caring for the health of the police officers”, said Mile Lazarevic from the Trade Union of Serbia.

      Despite some good legal solutions, transparency of procurement in the Ministry of Interior is not satisfactory, it was pointed out at the meeting.

      “The plan for spending money in the Ministry of Interior does not need to be a secret, but the result of the implementation of the strategic priorities of development,” said BCSP Executive Director Predrag Petrovic, and added that the major problem is the lack of inclusion of Police Union representatives indefining the procurements that directly affectpolice officers’ quality of work.

      The event was part of the project PRO-CURE: Strengthening Civil Scrutiny of Public Procurement in the Security Sector organized by BCSP and Society Against Corruption with the financial support of the EU Delegation to Serbia and the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society of the Republic of Serbia.

      Report was translated by BCSP Intern Aleksandra Lazic.

       
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