Head of Public Procurement Office, Zydrunas Plytnikas, says that there are many issues in public procurement not harmonised by legislation, at odds with logic and common sense. One of them being responsibility for implementation of a project, informs LETA/ELTA.
According to Plytnikas, if a supervision body finds violations, funding may be reduced but the transgressors continue to work. "A person who implements a project inadequately is not held liable. If personal liability applied then procurement would take a different path. There is institutional responsibility, but people continue working... Stealing perhaps," Plytnikas told the radio stationLaisvoji Banga.
In 2013, violations were found in 39 of 44 examined agreements.
According to the head, public procurement specialists are highly appreciated and well-paid, thus the office finds it hard to retain qualified personnel.
"How many people are dealing with decisions? In public procurement at most 100 who deal with everything. And they know each other. The biggest problem is they are all closely related to each other. (...)," the head of the Public Procurement Office contemplated.
Plytnikas is of the opinion that public procurement projects are connected to "party matters". "Let's have a look who is making decisions. Where do all these projects go? They go to the highest political structures," he said.