Handbook on Misdemeanors in the Area of Public Procurement Published

Handbook on Misdemeanors in the Area of Public Procurement Published

September 6, 2021

The Public Procurement Law, which entered into force on 1 July 2020, introduced new instruments and procedures for public procurement, as well as the new competencies of state institutions in this field. The law is intended to increase efficiency and competitiveness in procurement proceedings by decreasing of administrative burden and the costs of participation in the proceedings while increasing transparency and efficiency in administration of public proceedings with introduction of an eProcurement Portal. The Law also establishes the jurisdiction of the misdemeanor courts for public procurement misdemeanor offences.

Misdemeanor court judges will provide a critical role in the future implementation of public procurement. In recognition, GAI in cooperation with the Misdemeanor Appellate Court and Judicial Academy, designed and delivered a series of training for more than 100 judges from appellate misdemeanor and first instance courts on the new set of competencies introduced by the Law on Public Procurement.

In consultation with the Misdemeanor Appellate Court, Belgrade Misdemeanor Court and the Supreme Court of Cassation, GAI also prepared and published a comprehensive Handbook on Misdemeanors in the Area of Public Procurement. The goal is to provide a practical tool to enable the application of relevant provisions of the Law on Misdemeanors, in light of specific violations set forth by the Law on Public Procurement.

The Handbook illuminates several important areas such as: the manner of proving misdemeanor offences, collection of evidence, practical aspects of applying relevant provisions of the Law on Misdemeanors and the Law on Public Procurement, and introduction of the most important procedural and substantive aspects of offences in the field of public procurement. Additionally, the Handbook features the list of most common terms from the Public Procurement Law with definitions.

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