15 trade unionists from Hungary (MASZSZ, HVDSZ2000, ÉSZT, LIGA), Bulgaria (CITUB) and Romania (BNS Romania, Cartel ALFA) took part in a meeting organised by the Friedric Ebert Foundation.
According to “The National Action Plan for Sustainable Public Procurement 2017-2020” (NAP), published by the Public Procurement Office (PPO), public procurement accounted for 6.5% of the country’s GDP in 2015.
It’s total value amounted to 116.3 bln PLN, that is ca. 27.3 bln EUR. Polish procurement remains very decentralized. According to OPP, over 107,000 tenders were announced in the Bulletin of Public Procurements between January and November 2015 by approx. 35,000 institutions.
Around 25 participants took part in the Local Dialogue Forum that was organised jointly by the Town of Rybnik and the Institute for Sustainable Public Procurement on October 26th.
The debate was based on the results of monitoring of social clauses usage in governmental departments in 2016, commenced by the PPO.
The European Economic and Social Council (EESC) presented a report on develoments in the social economy sector on the continent.
One of the issues presented in the report regards legal changes that allowed public institutions to use procurement of goods and services to support the fight against social exclusion.
We argue for putting GPP (Green Public Procurement) criteria in the planned Warsaw Housing Standard.
Such a move will enable a wider rollout of public tenders that are good for the environment and at the same time make the comfort of living in public housing higher.
A PPO conference devoted to labour rights in public procurement took place on June 20th.
Sylwia Szczepańska from NSZZ „Solidarność” presented the result of the „yellow cards” initiative – a joint project of the trade union, Institute for Sustainable Public Procurement and the Polish Employers’ Federation.
ISSP representative, Grzegorz Piskalski, has this report and an appeal of more ambition to PPO.
The Commissioner’s Office organised a conference on social clauses in public procurement on June 29th, 2017.
Adam Bodnar shared his experiences from his trips across Poland, during which he used goods and services provided by social enterprises, such as catering or hotels.
Will public authorities support their development?
A joint intervention of the Institute for Sustainable Public Procurement, NSZZ „Solidarność” and the Federation of Polish Employers resulted in ZUS checking tenders of their local and regional branches.
Its chair, Gertruda Uścińska, presented the results of the monitoring, after which a contract with one of the security companies has been cancelled in Płock.
In other cases it either did not notice any irregularities (Zielona Góra, Białystok, Suwałki) or it still is not finished (Poznań, Łódź, Wrocław, Opole).
The office in Gdańsk was the first to reply to a joint proposal of the Institute for Sustainable Public Procurement, NSZZ „Solidarność” and the Federation of Polish Employers that was sent to 16 RIOs.
Its purpose was to mobilize the offices to promote the requirement for hiring on work contracts people responsible for executing tenders of public institutions being controlled by RIO.