Sustainable and Ethical Public Procurement – Romania

IPP cloud 3Sustainable and Ethical Public Procurement – exploring the successful Norway model of public procurement and identifying paths for promoting similar experiences in Romania

The aim of the project is to provide a thorough analysis and advance policy scenarios advocating for a smarter, more ethical and more sustainable public procurement process in Romania while creating awareness amongst policymakers for better alternatives in the tender procurement process using as example the Norway examples such as the Ethical Trading Initiative and the Difi (Agency for Public Management and e-Government) model of promoting the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights on public procurement.

This model is based on working within public procurement legal framework to purchase goods, services and works that support Government policies to achieve value for money, improve efficiency, increase sustainability and support the society through a better and fair trade. This includes promoting good governance, social cohesion and a fairer world by encouraging participation, inclusion and equal opportunities and engaging people’s creativity, energy and diversity.

Conceived as a mean to create a functional open market for purchasing smart and sustainable services, goods and works, the Romanian public procurement system is far by being competitive and quality generating. The system has been criticized for not being enough protected from abuses and corrupt practices (as repeatedly mentioned in the European Commissions Cooperation and Verification Mechamism monitoring reports) – thus the present project directly impacts upon the challenges that Romania still has to accomplish within the Justice and Internal affairs thematic area. At the same time, the ultimate overall current challenge is mostly related to enormous waste of public resources due to lack of interest/focus on making the system really oriented towards smart and sustainable procurements.

Main expected results to be achieved through the project are:

The Project Coordinator is Institute for Public Policy (IPP)

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