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Slovenia among top OECD countries in public procurement transparency

This week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is on the third mission to Ljubljana with the aim of co-creating systemic solutions for the public procurement process. The mission started yesterday, on 19 November 2019, with promising news, as according to the recently published OECD Government at a Glance report Slovenia ranks among the most developed OECD member countries in terms of the transparency of public procurement process and publicly available information. In Slovenia, information on the procedure, evaluation criteria, selection criteria and related documents are transparent and publicly available.

Within the comprehensive study of the public procurement system that has been carried out in Slovenia since the beginning of the year, OECD representatives familiarised themselves with our system and its rules. They have concluded two missions, and are currently again in Ljubljana holding innovative workshops to verify their findings and test possible approaches that would increase the efficiency and capacity of the public procurement process.

It is certainly good news that Slovenia ranks among the top OECD member countries in terms of the transparency of the system but there is still plenty of room for improvement. "I am glad that Slovenia is among the most developed countries in the area of public procurement. We work on this daily, and I am certain that with innovative approaches we will introduce many significant changes that will make Slovenian public procurement system even more effective. We want to continue as the leading country in this area at the international level," said Sašo Matas, Director-General of the Public Procurement Directorate.

Piret Tõnurist, project manager of the OECD Observatory for Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) shares this view: "We are glad that this project is implemented in Slovenia because of the characteristics of its public procurement system which is already highly transparent and open for new and innovative solutions. In the past months we gathered a lot of valuable information on possibilities for improvements and we are convinced that the Ministry of Public Administration and motivated individuals will use the results of the study and our recommendations to further improve the functioning of the public procurement system."

The project of system changes is financed by the Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) of the European Commission. It will be concluded by a report to be published in the first quarter of 2020.

The published OECD “Governance at a Glance” report.