The number of complaints about public procurement received in 2017 increased by 1.8 times. A total of 5,684 such complaints were received, compared to 3,067 a year earlier, Head of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine Yuriy Terentyev wrote on his Facebook page, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“Over 500 complaints per month is usual. In 2013, fewer than 100 were received on average per month,” he claimed.
According to the committee, an average of 473 complaints per month were received in 2017, whereas the average monthly figure in 2016 was only 255. The most complaints about public procurement were recorded in August – 573. Also, 550 complaints were filed in December, while 533 and 531 complaints were received by the Antimonopoly Committee in March and May respectively.
The number of complaints has increased almost fivefold within five years – in 2013, a total of 1,182 complaints were recorded. In the following year, the number declined slightly to 930, but returned to its upward trend in 2015 when it reached 1,342.
The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade is aware of instances of abuse of the mechanism of contesting tenders’ results in order to disrupt purchases. As a result, the institution worked out a draft resolution that requires a fee for contesting the outcomes of tenders at 0.3-0.6% of the expected purchase price.
As the appeal body for the procurement procedure, the Antimonopoly Committee emphasized on the need to raise the cost of appeals. At the same time, however, the institution is concerned that the introduction of fees as a fraction of the expected cost of the tender would in practice act as another barrier for smaller competitors.