In the area of public procurement, the Eidos Centre decided to concentrate its efforts on two extremely important areas for Ukraine – medicine and the army.
Throughout the year, the Centre systematically checked the purchases of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard and the Ministry of Internal Affairs units. The purchases of medicine and medical equipment in several pilot areas were checked as well. Thousands of tenders were checked, and 238 of them were discovered to contain infringements. The Centre systematically challenged these tenders in law-enforcement institutions, by parliamentary inquiries etc. Owing to the vigilance of the Centre experts, the purchases for more than UAH 120 million were brought into accordance with legal norms.
Another important accomplishment is the optimisation of the military and medical institutions’ public procurement system. During the year, the Centre conducted training on the procurements for the participants of state tender procedures, provided suggestions and recommendations, most of which were taken into account. In order to explain the most complex elements of state procurement, the experts also developed textbooks on tenders in the military and medical fields.
Research in the field of public procurement resulted in two analytical papers with the optimisation proposals for the system of tenders in the medical and military fields. These analytical papers were used during the hearings in the Verkhovna Rada and were put on the table of every deputy in the parliament.
The Centre experts actively supported advocating the changes to the Law “On Public Procurement” which significantly simplified procurement for the needs of the Anti-Terrorist Operation. Military units were finally given a right to carry out procurements during mobilisation without competition. Thus, the minimal term from the date of the announcement of negotiations until signing the contract with the selected seller was reduced from 30 days to seven.
Another victorious accomplishment was that, due to the actions of the Centre experts and activists from other NGO’s, the draft law №1551 on the changes to the Law on public procurement was overturned. This draft law could have created a range of significant corruption risks. Adoption of the Law was actively lobbied by the Cabinet of Ministers. Due to the coordinated actions of NGOs, the government yielded and withdrew the draft law.
In the course of procurement research, the experts of the Centre published 16 anti-corruption journalistic investigations. Media publicity surrounding these investigations enabled cancellation of the corrupt tenders.