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Macedonia cancels almost quarter of public procurement tenders in 2016 - NGO

Macedonia cancels almost quarter of public procurement tenders in 2016 - NGO Author: Prince Roy. Licence: All Rights Reserved.

SKOPJE (Macedonia), June 20 (SeeNews) - Macedonia has cancelled partially or in full 4,230 public procurement tenders in 2016, which represent 23% of all tenders, according to a monitoring report compiled by the Center for Civil Communications (CCC), a Skopje-based NGO.

"The monitoring found out a series of examples of cancelled tenders which can can be assessed as problematic," the Center for Civil Communications (CCC) said in the report published on Tuesday.

By comparison, in 2015 the cancelled tenders represented 20% of all tenders.

More than a third, or 36% of the tenders were cancelled, because no bidders turned up. Other reasons include unacceptable offers, unfavourable prices and missing tender documents.

The NGO found out that public procurement tenders with higher estimated values used to be cancelled more often than smaller tenders.

Another trend was that in one in three tenders there was just one bidder.

The NGO expressed its concern that even in tenders in which several bidders take part, institutions mostly choose  companies, which they have already contracted for similar procurement procedures.

The CCC, which was established in 2005, focuses on monitoring of state institutions.

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